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Biology Workshops and Lectures for Faculty

Norton is offering workshops from authors, fellow instructors, and Norton team members to help support you and your teaching goals.

Featured Events

What's New in the Sixth Edition of Microbiology: An Evolving Science

With Emily Erickson and Gina Forsythe

Friday, December 9th at 1:00pm Eastern

Science Specialist Emily Erickson and Media Editor Gina Forsythe will describe all the exciting new features of the Sixth Edition of Microbiology: An Evolving Science, coming this fall of 2023. They will discuss the new Norton Illumine Ebook, Smartwork questions, new research, including COVID-19 coverage, and more.

Meet the authors of Ecology in a Changing World

With Michael Marchetti, Julie Lockwood, and Martha Hoopes

The date of this workshop has passed.

Learn all about Norton Biology's newest offering directly from two of its authors: Michael Marchetti, Julie Lockwood, and Martha Hoopes. Ecology in a Changing World is an ecology text for biology majors, and the authors, all of whom teach the course regularly, will share a little about their motivations for writing the book and what makes it unique.

An Introduction to Ecology in a Changing World and an Overview of the Class-Test Process

Hosted by Norton Speakers: Abby Kehoe and Gina Forsythe

The date of this workshop has passed.

An introduction to the book and media features of Ecology in a Changing World, along with a description of the class test process, to try to schedule class testers for spring.

NEW: A behind-the-scenes look at the art of Molecular Biology of the Cell

Author Keith Roberts and artist Nigel Orme will discuss their unique partnership that underpins Molecular Biology of the Cell’s distinctive art program. They’ll explain the key pedagogical principles they employ in creating their distinct cell biology illustrations, and show how their art in the text is specifically designed to provide students with a clear and reinforcing understanding of the course material both within and across chapters.

Archived Events

"Evaluating Scientific Claims in a Noisy World" Hosted by Karla Fuller, February 2021

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Karla Fuller, associate professor of biology and program coordinator of liberal arts and sciences at Guttman Community College (CUNY), will discuss techniques that she uses to help her students learn how to evaluate scientific claims in the media and develop their scientific literacy. We will share hands-on activities that you can use in your course this semester. We will also debut the new Evaluating Scientific Claims interactives that are available with Biology Now, Third Edition (Houtman, Scudellari, Malone).

"Creating an Active Non-Majors Biology Classroom" Hosted by Laura Christian, March 2021

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Laura Christian (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) will share techniques for engaging non-majors biology students with active learning. We will share tips for bringing these activities into online classrooms and strategies for following up to assess how much your students learned from the activity.

"Being Flexible for Fall: Teaching Non-Majors Biology Online and in Person" Hosted by Todd Pearson, June 2020

In this online workshop, Todd Pearson, PhD, will discuss how online assessment such as Smartwork and InQuizitive can be used in a variety of classroom settings—from in-person courses to fully online courses. Topics we will discuss include how critical thinking questions can help build your students' problem-solving skills, and how online assessment can be used in a testing environment. We will also discuss the Interactive Instructor's Guide and how its active learning resources can be adapted for online settings. Related to Biology Now, Third Edition (Houtman, Scudellari, Malone).

"Using Online Assessment in the Biology Classroom" Hosted by Todd Pearson, April 2020

In this online workshop, Todd will discuss how using online assessment can help ensure that your students are getting the coaching and support they need as you switch to an online model of instruction. He will also show how the gradebook can give you the tools to make sure your students are on track. Last, he will walk through Norton’s online assessment tool, Smartwork, and will be answering your questions.

"Online Demo for Digital Microbiology Laboratory Exercises"

Thoroughly and enthusiastically class-tested by many instructors and hundreds of students this fall, our new, easy-to-assign Digital Microbiology Laboratory Exercises can be used for both in-person and online lab courses. Each lab introduces students to the different microbes they are analyzing, models proper procedure, and asks students to analyze results. We’ll be hosting a brief online demo this Friday to show you how these digital labs can work in your course.

"Creating an Active Intro Microbiology Classroom" with Debra Scheiwe

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Debra Scheiwe, assistant professor of biology at Tarrant County College, will share techniques for engaging intro microbiology students with active learning. We will share tips for bringing these activities into online classrooms and strategies for following up to assess how much your students learned from the activity.

"Digital Microbiology Laboratory Exercises for All Classrooms" with Amber Miller and Todd Pearson

In this workshop, Amber Miller (Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University) and Todd Pearson, Ph.D (Media Editor, W. W. Norton and Company) will discuss the Digital Microbiology Laboratory Exercises that they have created for introductory and majors microbiology students. These online exercises—which are based on Steve Keating’s Microbiology: The Laboratory Experience—introduce students to a variety of microorganisms and their growth characteristics, model proper lab techniques, and teach students to analyze results.

"Creating an Active Intro Microbiology Classroom" Hosted by Debra Scheiwe, March 2021

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Debra Scheiwe, assistant professor of biology at Tarrant County College, will share techniques for engaging intro microbiology students with active learning. We will share tips for bringing these activities into online classrooms and strategies for following up to assess how much your students learned from the activity.

"Making Connections in the Intro Microbiology Course through Online Assessment" Hosted by Jordan Moberg-Parker, December 2020

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Jordan Moberg-Parker, Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum and Assessment for the microbiology department at UCLA, will share how she uses online tools—particularly Smartwork for Microbiology: The Human Experience—to help her intro microbiology students make connections between different microbiology topics. We will also debut the new Making Connections Tutorials that will accompany the Smartwork course for the Second Edition of Microbiology: The Human Experience.

"Reinforcing Concepts and Increasing Course Preparedness in Your Intro Microbiology Class" Hosted by Jarrett Whelan, October 2020

Professor Jarrett Whelan, Natural Sciences Chair at Lenoir Community College, will share his experience using online assessment to reinforce course concepts in his intro microbiology class. We will discuss how giving students assignments with personalized learning pathways—specifically focusing on InQuizitive for Microbiology: The Human Experience—can help students make connections with real-world applications.

"COVID-19 and Active Learning in the Introductory Microbiology Classroom" Hosted by Heather Seitz, September 2020

In this online workshop, Heather Seitz, professor of biology at Johnson County Community College and lead author of the Interactive Instructor's Guide for Microbiology: The Human Experience, will discuss strategies for discussing the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that sharpen students' problem-solving skills.

"Being Flexible for Fall: Using Smartwork to Teach Microbiology" Hosted by Todd Pearson, June 2020

In this online workshop, Todd Pearson, PhD, will discuss how online assessment such as Smartwork can be used in a variety of classroom settings—from in-person courses to fully online courses. Topics we will discuss include how tutorial questions can help build your students' problem-solving skills and how online assessment can be used in a testing environment. We will also discuss the Interactive Instructor's Guide and how its active learning resources can be adapted for online settings.

"Being Flexible for Fall: Teaching Microbiology Online and in Person" Hosted by Todd Pearson, June 2020

In this online workshop, Todd Pearson, PhD, will discuss how online assessment such as Smartwork and InQuizitive can be used in a variety of classroom settings—from in-person courses to fully online courses. Topics we will discuss include how critical thinking questions can help build your students' problem-solving skills, and how online assessment can be used in a testing environment. We will also discuss the Interactive Instructor's Guide and how its active learning resources can be adapted for online settings.

"New Advances in the Field: Updates in Janeway's Immunobiology"

In this round-table discussion hosted by Norton Biology, Janeway’s Immunobiology authors Ken Murphy, Casey Weaver, and Leslie Berg will discuss some of the new advances in the field highlighted in the Tenth Edition. We will debut the new personalized online learning-tool for Janeway’s Immunobiology, InQuizitive, which helps students work through immunological concepts and apply them to new examples.

"Building Mastery of Immunology Concepts through Adaptive Quizzing" Hosted by Denise Slayback-Barry and Todd Pearson, February 2021

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Denise Slayback-Barry, PhD, Course Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Immunology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and Todd Pearson, PhD, discuss how adaptive quizzing can help immunology students learn and master key concepts.

Using the Online Resources for The Immune System, Fifth Edition" Hosted by Todd Pearson, PhD, February 2021

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Todd Pearson, PhD, will walk through InQuizitive and the Interactive Instructor's Guide for The Immune System, Fifth Edition. He will highlight how each can be used to build students' conceptual understanding of immunology and engage them with active learning. We will provide tips and resources for implementing these materials in your course this fall.

Why a Cell Biology Textbook?: New Research in Molecular Biology of the Cell, Seventh Edition

In this round-table discussion hosted by Norton Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell authors Bruce Alberts, Rebecca Heald, Peter Walter, David Morgan, and Sandy Alexander will discuss the value a cell biology textbook can continue to hold in a world of online resources. They will discuss some of the new research findings highlighted in the Seventh Edition, and we will debut the new Digital Problems Book in Smartwork. There will be time for questions at the end.

"Being Flexible for Fall: Teaching Essential Cell Biology Online and in Person" Hosted by Todd Pearson, June 2020

In this workshop, Todd Pearson, PhD, will discuss how online assessment such as Smartwork can be used in a variety of classroom settings—from in-person courses to fully online courses. Topics we will discuss include how to use the Smartwork gradebook and how online assessment can be used as homework and in a testing environment. We will also discuss the Interactive Instructor's Guide and how its active learning resources can be adapted for online settings.

"Using Online Assessment to Build Critical Thinking Skills in the Cell Biology Classroom" Hosted by Eric Rutledge, November 2020

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Biology, Eric Rutledge, lecturer of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will discuss how he uses online resources to engage his cell biology students. We will walk through the critical thinking questions in Smartwork online assessment for Essential Cell Biology (Alberts et al.).

"Engage Your Environmental Science Students Online with InQuizitive" Hosted by Norton Environmental Science Team, June 2020

Keep your students engaged outside of class with What Would You Do? activities and use the InQuizitive gradebook to keep students on track and inform what you review in lecture.

"Environmental Policy, Impacts, and You" Hosted by Daniel J. Sherman, October 2020

Daniel J. Sherman, director of the Sound Policy Institute, will illustrate the ways that environmental policies shape our individual and collective environmental impacts, and then reflect on the ways that individual actions can also influence the adoption of future environmental policies. This webinar is intended for students of environmental science.

"Growing a Revolution" Hosted by David R. Montgomery, October 2020

Norton author David R. Montgomery discusses his journey traveling the world meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he explains why adopting the three tenets of conservation agriculture—ditching the plow, planting cover crops, and growing a diversity of crops—is the solution.

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