A Complete Solution for Teaching Biology
What is included with Expert TA’s Enhanced Biology Platform?
Interactive Chapter Summaries
| We, like you, want students to read the textbook carefully enough to retain key concepts. It can be a challenge to both convince students to do the assigned reading and to also monitor comprehension.
Expert TA’s assignable chapter summaries incentivize students to pay attention to some of the most important parts of the book. Rather than students passively reading through the textbook, they become active participants.
From the same grade sheet containing other assignments, instructors can quickly assess what percentage of the class is completing the readings and the class’s overall level of understanding.
Engaging Question Types
|Studies show that students retain more information when concepts are brought to life with educational exercises that are more interactive. For example, when students actively build the structure of DNA (shown left), they remember the experience more readily than if they simply selected a multiple choice answer.
Immediate Feedback helps students who are making mistakes get back on track. In the animation to the left, notice the provided feedback when an incorrect answer is submitted.
Traditional question types, such as Multiple Choice and True/False, still have an important role in assessment, but are more effective when combined with more interactive materials.
Expert TA has designed our online homework platform to contain an appropriate combination of traditional and interactive questions.
|Drag-and-Drop labeling, shown above, is one example of interactive questions that get students more involved in the learning process.
Algorithmic Calculations Including randomized numbers, students are asked to calculate things such as PH level, age via carbon-dating, chemical energy change in reactions, probabilities for Mendel models, values for gas pressure and respiration, mortality rates, population growth rates, and more.
|Ranking: Students actively order elements related to their size, sequence, etc.
Sorting/Categorizing: Students group items based on specified criteria.
Identify Feature: Students point-and-click on on an area or areas of a given image to identify a specific element or feature.
Matching/Pairing: Items are moved to be paired with their corresponding relational “mate”.
About the Book
|Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. Interspersed throughout each chapter are various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.
The 2nd edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Art and illustrations have been substantially improved, and the textbook features additional assessments and related resources.
About the Authors
|Both Dr. Jung Choi and Dr. Mary Anne Clark are senior authors of the OpenStax Biology 2e. textook and have partnered with Expert TA in order to help create a collection of enhanced digital materials and assessments to accompany the book.|
|Dr. Jung Choi is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech and is also the director of the Bioinformatics Master’s Degree program. As a supporter of Open Education, he was excited to take on the role of senior author for the both the first and second editions of the Introductory Biology textbook published by OpenStax. Dr. Choi maintains an educational blog related to biology, where he discusses his approach to the flipped classroom, advocates for the use of instructional technology, and offers insights from both his teaching experience as well as his educational research.|
|Dr. Mary Anne Clark earned her Ph.D from Bryn Mawr College and is a Professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University. She is a senior author of the OpenStax 2nd ed. Biology textbook. Throughout Dr. Clark’s career, she has continually worked to rethink her instructional approaches to encourage more effective student learning in biology. Dr. Clark has an interest in designing educational materials in a way that is accessible to the general public. In 2009, she developed “Genome Island”, a virtual science environment in Second Life dedicated to the study of genetics.|
A Stress-Free Semester
|You and your students should be thinking about biology, not about course set-up and technological configurations. Expert TA knows this and has gone to great lengths to make the entire experience as smooth as possible.