University of California, Riverside

Institute for the Development of Educational Applications


Many existing web resources serve as our inspiration or sources for content.


During the summer of 2016, IDEA will again host a workshop on Developing Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans for High School Evolutionary Biology, funded by the National Science Foundation.  Please check back for further information and to apply online. 


Understanding Evolution

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) List of Curriculum Resources

Shape Your Family’s Habits: Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices

Michael Rose’s 55 Theses – A New Context for Health

Obesity in America

Is Obesity a Disease?

Obesity and Energetics Offerings hosted by the University of Alabama

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections (digital images)

Trait Evolution on a Phylogenetic Tree 

Stevan J. Arnold & Joe Felsenstein's Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Course at NESCent:
      Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 

Joe Felsenstein's Courses at the University of Washington:
      Evolutionary Genetics (Genome 453)
      Theoretical Evolutionary Genetics (Genome 562)
      Phylogenetic Inference (Genome 570)

Eric R. Pianka's Courses at the University of Texas:
      Evolutionary Ecology (Biology 357)

Online Statistics Education:
      An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study




Evolution Sites (various levels):

Guppy Guppy Evolution 


Organismal Biology/Physiology/Morphology & Evolution Videos (7-12):

FAIL LAB Episode One: Evolution

How Running Makes You High



Biochemistry Instructional Videos from Moof University (college): 

Biochemistry videos from Moof University



Mobile Apps:

Lizard Island: Observation



Click & Learn Exercises:

Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences


Virtual Labs & Simulations:

Lizard Evolution

Avida-ED Digital Evolution for Education


Federal and State Standards:

California Common Core State Standards

Next Generation Science Standards 


Other Relevant Links & News:

Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools? []

Critics challenge MOOC leaders to a debate [By Keith Button, May 14, 2014] 

Using games to measure student skills [By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura, May 14th, 2014] 

How retired scientists can enhance science education where they reside [By Robert Collins, Cal Allen, and Barbara Schulz, July 29, 2014] 



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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Institute for the Development of Educational Applications
3371 Spieth Hall

Theodore Garland
Tel: (951) 827-3524