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BioBeyond
An introductory biology course designed through cross-institutional collaboration. This course teaches learners how to use biology to answer the question "How do we find life in the universe?” Students explore foundational concepts in order to explore the our planet and the stars, making observations, testing hypotheses, and learning how life works. The course evaluates student progress through continuous assessment, for a high-impact fully online course.
Critical Chemistry With OpenStax
From the award-winning Inspark team comes the latest way to teach introductory chemistry in a blended or fully online setting. Engage your students in immersive case studies that will push them to make connections between foundational concepts and real-world situations. Your students will take an active role in finding solutions that directly impact the health of individuals and communities, exploring topics such as nutrition, treating cancer, and safeguarding water supplies. With mini math lessons, interactive PhET simulations, supplemental OpenStax guided readings, and problem sets, this course provides everything you need to teach introductory chemistry.
HabWorlds
A general education science course that asks "Is there life in the universe?" and teaches students how to explore the formation of stars, planets, Earth, life, intelligence, and civilization.
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A&P Primer
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A&P Primer
The A&P Primer is a lead-in experience to anatomy and physiology that helps gets all students on the same page in key concepts like cellular biology, chemistry basics, and biochemistry. Centered around relevant themes, such as “how biological systems maintain homeostasis” and “the chemical basis of life” students acquire base-level knowledge that can ensure success in an A&P course.
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BioBeyond For Face-to-Face Courses
An introductory biology course designed through cross-institutional collaboration. This course teaches learners how to use biology to answer the question "How do we find life in the universe?” Students explore foundational concepts in order to explore the our planet and the stars, making observations, testing hypotheses, and learning how life works. The course includes best practices for teaching, OpenStax textbook mapping, and more so you can use this cost-efficient teaching option in flipped or blended courses.
Critical Chemistry
From the award-winning Inspark team comes the latest way to teach introductory chemistry in a blended or fully online setting. Engage your students in immersive case studies that will push them to make connections between foundational concepts and real-world situations. Your students will take an active role in finding solutions that directly impact the health of individuals and communities, exploring topics such as nutrition, treating cancer, and safeguarding water supplies. With mini math lessons, interactive PhET simulations, and problem sets, this course provides everything you need to teach introductory chemistry.
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What are exoplanets like and where do we find them? In this general education astronomy course, students learn to explore the galaxy to find and characterize planetary systems. Students will study how exoplanets are discovered, including creating hypotheses about planetary conditions based on observable data.
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Unstoppable
How can we enhance the performance of the human body? In this Anatomy and Physiology course, students will diagnose and treat patients, debunk various myths, and research innovations in the fields in the context of trying to increase the period of one’s life healthy and free from serious disease. This course also has a unique focus on coaching students through difficult topics, with a dedication to student success skills and practice.
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Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
The universe is a big place! In this general education astronomy course, students explore the universe to understand the wonders it contains. Students will explore everything from the birth of the universe to the death of the universe including stellar evolution, neutron stars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and much, much more.
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Virtual Field Trip
Where are the Small Worlds?
Virtual Field Trip
The Mystery of Blacktail Canyon
Exploratory Activity
What are Small Worlds?
Exploratory Activity
Kepler's Laws
Virtual Field Trip
Earliest Record of Life
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First Multicellular Organisms
Earliest Record of Life
Go on an expedition to explore the Dresser Formation and search for evidence of the earliest forms of life on Earth. See how this evidence from the rock record on Earth may help us find life elsewhere in the Solar System.
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First Multicellular Organisms
Deep in the hills of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia the Ediacara fauna appear in the rock record and evolve in three distinct steps. Then suddenly, just before the Cambrian Explosion, they universally disappear. Take the journey, and learn about what is known, what is uncertain, and the mysteries that remain.
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Kepler's Laws
Observe the apparent motion of planets and other bodies as they orbit each other. Measure their speed at different points to calculate their period. Then see if you can apply these laws to determine the orbits of the new worlds that you discover!
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Where are the Small Worlds?
Explore the view of our solar system from the perspective of the Sun and collect data on small worlds. Observe the motion of different worlds to determine their location in the solar system. Then launch probes to search these small worlds to find the hidden caches and collect the astrocoins inside. Can you find them all?
The Mystery of Blacktail Canyon
Explore Grand Canyon, AZ using a virtual field trip (VFT). Observe the rock record and what these rocks reveal about the life and environments of the past. Apply investigation techniques to the search for life in the solar system.
What are Small Worlds?
Explore a number of different small worlds throughout the solar system. Use space probes to determine their composition and group them into different categories based on their common characteristics. Can you find some that share characteristics with our home planet of Earth?
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