At a Glance


  • STEM
  • Biology

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP
  • University


  • General Biology I
  • Population Ecology

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Reading
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Clicker System

Class size

  • Small (20-49)


  • Single class period (< 90 mins)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building
  • Assessment & knowledge refinement


In this activity students are introduced to the population ecology of plants and animals via a pair of mini case studies.

Outside of class, students prepare for the exercise with readings, viewing videos (see below) and taking a brief online quiz.

In class, while working in groups, the students discuss and apply what they’ve learned by answering a series of questions relating to the use of fireweed in remediating oil spills and the setting of quotas for seal harvests.


Instructional Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define population growth and population types
  • Define cellular respiration and how it can be quantified
  • Analyze data and produce a graph

Workflow & Materials


Activity Workflow

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Contributor's Notes

Edward Awad

Edward Awad

Vanier College, Montreal


The flipped classroom approach allows for more time in class for discussion and peer instruction.


Monitoring the progress of the groups while providing support.

  • Give plenty of examples.
  • Circulate and help students while they work.

Applied Strategies


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