Carly N. Jordan

A Portfolio of Teaching and Research Scholarship

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The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires the listener with the wish to teach himself. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Teaching Portfolio

This document was recognized by the UGA graduate school teaching portfolio program. It contains a teaching philosophy statement, original teaching materials, sample student work, and student evaluations.

Course Syllabi

Concepts in Biology, Summer 2007

Graduate Seminar for TA Training, Fall 2009



eCloning 101: An online case study in molecular cloning

This project began as an assignment: to create a WebQuest. A WebQuest is "an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all of the information that learners work with comes from the web." (


I created this project to lead students through the research and planning stages of cloning a gene, and to introduce them to the many web-based resources available to assist them. Students research an enzyme from the human parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and design a cloning procedure to express the gene. They learn to collect data from genome databases, do sequence homology searches and alignments, create plasmid maps, and design cloning primers. Students submit a written proposal describing their enzyme and outlining an experimental plan to clone it.

This project was implemented in a course on molecular laboratory techniques during the summer of 2009. The proposal counted as the final exam for the course. Student knowledge about molecular biology and cloning principles was assessed before and after the project using an open response quiz. In addition, students' attitudes about research and opinions about the project were examined by pre- and post- project surveys, based in part on the Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment survey. This data was presented at the Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science in September 2009. Download the poster below for details about the project.


Cognitive Tool: Restriction Enzyme Digests

Lesson plan

Student example

My idea for this tool came after a lab exercise in the molecular biology course for which I was the TA. Restriction enzymes are ubiquitous in modern biology labs, and it is important that biology students have a firm understanding of the basic principles. I designed this cognitive tool to help students to interpret the results of a restriction digest experiment. The simple Excel file gives students a visual, "interactive" experience to practice restriction digests and reading plasmids. The major challenge for me was how to make the graph look as much like a real gel electrophoresis run as possible. I think I've accomplished it. Try it out!


Critique of Web 2.0 and its Potential in Education

Integrating Mobile Technology in a Large College Course