Welcome to Petlak Biology!
I am your instructor, Logan Petlak (learn more about me here). On this site are a series of asynchronous modules elaborating on fundamental concepts of biology, with an emphasis on outcomes from the Saskatchewan biology 30 curriculum.
Designed for senior secondary students (ages 15-19; grades eleven and twelve), but available to everyone, take advantage of (with educational rationale):
- a series of free instructional videos (via YouTube) to advance your learning of biology (available anytime you need it);
- free quizzes (using Socrative) to formatively assess your learning (quizzes available at certain times throughout the year);
- communicate with a diversity of fellow learners to enhance your learning through discussion/comments on posts, prompts or videos or through Flipgrid (Don’t want to share responses openly online through commenting? Flipgrid video-sharing allows you to engage with other classmates in an instructor-moderated environment);
- hands-on suggested activities/assignments to try at home;
- blended learning (live, face-to-face communication combined with online content) with instructor via Zoom at regularly scheduled times upon course start-up or by appointment (via email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- closed captions/subtitles (CC), prompts to utilize the pause button during videos and extended deadlines to slow down the pace of the content if: it’s going to fast; you aren’t able to access a device immediately or; if you’re an English language learner!
- links for additional resources to learn (university-level textbooks to dig deeper into the content)!
Select from the topics and associated modules below to begin learning about biology!
– What Evolution Is and Is Not (Addressing Misconceptions)
– Key Principles and Evidence of Evolution
– Mendelian Genetics: Genotypes/Phenotypes, Dominant/Recessive Traits
Communities and Interactions
– Impact of humans on Communities