Joanne Najarian

Oceanworld includes online texts, real-time data, activities and instructor background material organized around themes of Properties of the Ocean Activities, Ocean Currents and Circulation, El Niño, The Oceanic Heat Budget, and Fisheries—much of it appropriate for secondary students. Links to course websites and online textbooks for upper and lower division college oceanography courses are available. Lessons and materials could be adapted for STEM cluster pathways.

Virtual Earthquake
Earthquake is part of the Virtual Courseware project in Earth and Environmental Science. It uses inquiry-based activities to teach how seismic waves are used to locate an Earthquake's epicenter and determine its magnitude on the Richter scale. Virtual Courseware employs the use of animations and activities.

How Volcanoes Work
This website is an educational resource that describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes. It is intended for the education of university students of geology and volcanology and teachers of earth science. Each section in the menu builds upon previous sections. Topics covered include: Eruption Dynamics, Eruption Products, Eruption Types, Historical Eruptions, and Volcanism on Other Worlds. This site uses animations, text and reference information.

BEDROCK: Bioinformatics Education
A National Science Foundation-funded initiative, the Bioquest Curriculum Consortium’s BEDROCK project efforts are aimed at integrating bioinformatics throughout the undergraduate biology curriculum, using an inquiry-based approach in which students explore and analyze actual data in a way that recreates the experience of conducting research. The project website offers teaching resources, including simulations, projects, and modeling software.

Critical Thinking in Biology: Case Problems
Critical Thinking in Biology is Problem-Based Learning with 20 case examples. The examples given here are suitable for use in a first year college biology lecture theater, but the method is applicable to any class size and educational level. Brief overview of how instructors and students should conduct PBL exercises.

Weather World 2010

WeatherWorld 2010 is a framework for integrating current and archived weather data with multimedia instructional resources. Includes a nearly-comprehensive series of online guides to Meteorology, Remote Sensing, Reading & Interpreting Weather Maps, and Projects & Activities.

Cell and Molecular Biology Online

This website is an informational resource for cell and molecular biologists that provides links to resources for research, education, and community. Collection of resources for cell and molecular biologists. Links to research journals and reports.


nanoHUB is an online clearinghouse for nanotechnology education. The site includes Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Podcasts, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. Most importantly, the nanoHUB offers simulation tools which you can access from your web browser, so you can not only learn about but also simulate nanotechnology devices. The nanoHUB also provides collaboration environment via Workspaces, Online meetings and User groups.


This website includes two really detailed, self-paced online courses for instructors who will be teaching evolution; online lessons for students and videos illustrating concepts. Broad themes include: Darwinism, Change, Extinction, Sex, Religion, Survival and Humans. 7 videos with extensive student and teacher materials

Tutorial Methods of Instruction Using Problem-based Learning
This is a clearinghouse of problems and articles to assist educators in using problem-based learning. Teaching notes and supplemental materials accompany each problem, providing insights and strategies that are innovative and classroom-tested. Sample problems in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Criminal Justice, Biology. Example syllabi from courses using PBL. A good resource for those wishing to integrate PBL into STEM courses.