August 12-16, 2002 ........Emory University

 Implementing Problem Solving Strategies:

Investigative Cases for Biology and Chemistry


Faculty participants each developed an investigative case-based learning module for a course they are planning to teach. The cases emphasized open ended, student-centered approaches while addressing practical issues such as implementation challenges, assessment strategies, and student preparation. Investigative cases included a wide range of topics including the chemistry of restoring faded photographs, treating staph infections that exhibit antibiotic resistance, government regulation over the exchange of science through the patenting and marketing of GMOs, and identifying potential species for a new fishery.

The workshop was led by Margaret Waterman from Southeast Missouri State University, Peter Woodruff from Champlaign College, and Ethel Stanley from Beloit College. For more information on these and other cases, visit the LifeLines OnLine website at

Investigative Case-Based Learning Projects

Note: The cases are currently under development. Please revisit site to see linked modules that have been completed.


 Faded Memories…


 Mixed Signals


 Implications of the Human Genome Project:

A Bioethical Perspective


 Survivor II: Roxy’s First Mission


 Life in the City


 Male Resources and Female Adaptive Mating Decisions





 Turn that Bycatch to Gold


 Bacterial Polygamy

 Cloudy Waters


 The Uninvited Guest


 Murder by Atkins?




 What Happened to Our Friend Ted?


 The Enzyme Enterprise


 What Ails the Ale?

(Or Brewmaster Blues)

 Give Me My Money?'s%20ModuleTemplate2.html


 Balloon Thermodynamics


  Is My "Coke"ware Making Me Sick?


  Green No More


Family Reunion

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