Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Digital Library

The Scientific Teaching Digital Library is a compendium of innovative instructional materials designed to engage students in the rigor and spirit of scientific research. These “teachable units” include not only all the information needed to teach a science concept in the classroom, such as handouts and evaluation tools, but they also engage students in learning, make instruction goals transparent, and focus on student learning. Each unit has been professionally developed, rigorously reviewed, and tested in the classroom. In addition to the units below, others can be found at the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching’s library.

Please feel free to use these materials in your own classroom. We ask that you credit the authors. We hope the materials enrich your classroom as they do ours.


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An Introduction to Aflatoxins and their Epidemiology

Fungi and aflatoxins

Students learn about aflatoxins and their relevance to health by analyzing the interaction among pathogen, host, and the environment (the disease triangle).

Molecular Biology of Antibiotics Antibiotic resistance, molecular biology, and bacterial cell biology Students learn how antibiotics affect bacterial cells, bacterial cell biology, propose their own antibiotic, and justify why the antibiotic would be effective.


Molecular Biology
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An Imaging Roadmap for Biology Education: From nanoparticles to whole organisms

Biological imaging and scale in medical research

Students engage in molecular imaging activities to explore the importance of the relationship between biological scale and imaging scale, gain new insights into biological structure and function, bring quantification into biology, and learn ways of advancing nanomedicine, regenerative medicine, and nuclear medicine, which contribute to the NIH Roadmap initiatives.

Sex, Money, and Drugs: Exciting college freshmen about Genetics Genetics, antibiotic resistance, and STDs Students learn genetic concepts of gene expression, mutation, and natural selection through a group case study involving antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.


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Does Aflatoxin-contaminated Peanut Butter Cause Liver Cancer? Fungi, aflatoxins, and cancer Students learn about cancer (what is it?) and the cell cycle by studying the ways in which food toxins may lead to cancer by disrupting normal cell cycle mechanisms.


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What Makes a Pandemic? Viruses and pandemics Students participate in epidemiological simulations and consider mechanisms that lead to the spread of viruses in populations, both past and present.