At a Glance


  • STEM
  • Biology

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP


  • General Biology I

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Analyzing
  • Reading
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Clicker System
  • Microsoft Excel Software


  • Brief segment of class period (< 20 mins)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building
  • Assessment & knowledge refinement


In this peer-instruction case study, students will learn about the dynamics of cytoskeleton through the shape-shifting amoeba.

Students take the role of a cell biologist and are given a dataset with amoeba cell counts under multiple drug treatments that affect cell shape. They are then tasked to determine if there is a statistically significant difference between treatments. This case study uses the flipped classroom strategy in which students will prepare for the task by watching videos, reading and performing a quiz before entering the classroom. Assigned videos to watch: A tour of the cell Tour of an animal cell. In the classroom, students are asked to produce a graph that best represents the data and to chose an appropriate statistical test to analyze the data. Following that, they are asked to provide conclusions about the role of cytoskeleton in Amoeba.

Instructional Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Explain cytoskeletal dynamics
  • Analyze, interpret and present data using appropriate statistical interpretation

Workflow & Materials


Activity Workflow

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Contributor's Notes

Edward Awad

Edward Awad

Vanier College, Montreal

  • The case study presents students with a simple drug-to-phenotype experimental scenario that is often seen in research. Students learn how to plot data, to analyze it and to infer conclusion from it.
  • The students tend to have difficulty with excel and producing a meaningful and properly labelled graph on excel;
  • They also tend to choose the wrong statistical test.
  • Students require lots of guidance and help reading the data, analyzing it, and plotting it using excel.


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