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A Course Redesign Project: Adaptive Courseware in Biology

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2021 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

In terms of adaptive courseware in Biology, the basic approach is to increase the effectiveness of courses, while addressing issues associated with efficiency of course delivery. A secondary goal is to scale the efforts into a larger number of courses within the discipline, as well as increase enrollment where appropriate.


William H. Robertson, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, | Every Learner Everywhere

Dr. William H. Robertson is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department in the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. His academic areas of expertise are in science education, curriculum development and technology integration in the K-12 levels. Additionally, he develops, research and teach materials related to inquiry-based STEM Education, project-based learning, problem-based learning and action science. He currently serves as a Distinguished Research Fellow with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

As a Professor, Dr. Robertson is also focused on eLearning Pedagogy and the Ideal Mix of courses (face-to-face, hybrid, online) for programs, students and faculty. This includes pedagogical efficacy, asset-optimization for transitional skills development, lifelong learning, curricular flexibility and capacity building across the institution.

Dr. Robertson has received a number of prestigious awards including the UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, as a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile and the 2016 President’s Meritorious Service Award. A long-time participant and performer in skateboarding with over 40 years in the sport, Dr. Robertson has developed Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science (, which addresses physical science concepts for students utilizing skateboarding and bicycle motocross (BMX).