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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BioGraph: Teaching Biology Through Systems, Models, & Argumentation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Pennsylvania via edX

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This course integrates the power of systems thinking with computer models designed to ‘bring to life’ biology topics including evolution, ecology and the chemistry of life. Developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Scheller Teacher Education Program, this six-week interactive and collaborative professional development course draws on research in teaching and learning to develop the best experience for teachers.

In this discussion-based course, you will learn how to use online simulations which are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards in order to develop core biology content and practices. The student facing materials consist of five modules designed for implementation over several class periods, serving as a replacement for an existing lab or activity. The online simulations include optional entry-level coding and the course provides support for learning to teach this with students. The materials include student and teacher guides with built in informal assessments. You will get a chance to work through these materials, watch teachers experienced with the materials teach the lessons, and then interact with experienced BioGraph teachers through online forums, webinars, and expert facilitation.

Important Information Regarding Verified Certificates:

The BioGraph Team will cover the cost of the Verified Certificate for participants who complete the course, including all surveys. In order to be eligible for this benefit please DO NOT register for the Verified Certificate. Upon completing the course, you will be issued a coupon which will allow you to receive the certificate free of charge. We cannot issue refunds or reimbursements for personally purchased certificates.


It is suggested that you complete this course in 6-7 weeks.

There are three Synchronous Video Meet-ups scheduled throughout the course to help support you during your engagement. These Meet-ups will be scheduled to align with three suggested start dates and timelines for completing the course. You do not have to align your own progress with one of these timelines, but we highly suggest it for maximum support from the staff and facilitation team.

The three timelines are:

  • Track 1: May 12th – June 26th
  • Track 2: June 2nd – July 17th
  • Track 3: July 2nd – Aug 21st

Taught by

Eric Klopfer and Susan Yoon


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