- Folders for each week of the semester, containing reading assignments, homework, review material, and web links to simulations and interactive demonstrations of biological principles.
- A complete reference folder with exams and answer keys from previous years of the course, helping students to understand the instructors’ expectations and goals.
- Daily postings of all slides and videos used in lectures.
- A lively interactive Discussion group to voice student concerns and current issues in biology.
- Links to online virtual laboratories keyed to actual lab exercises in the course.
- A Human Genome “scavenger hunt,” organized through the web site, allowing students to search genome databases for specific genes and DNA sequences.
- Online videos, readings, and guides to course material.
- A gradebook allowing individual students to check their own homework scores and laboratory attendance records.
Professors should take into account that the regular posting of slides and other course material made it easier for students to rationalize not coming to lectures. Despite this concern, however, lecture attendance did not noticeably suffer.