E-Courseware: Biology for Engineers (University of Washington)

Click below to take the award-winning course, Biological Information Handling: Essentials for EngineersThis award-winning online learning module was created by an interdisciplinary team at University of Washington. Built in Flash, the interactive course teaches graduate engineering students learn about molecular biology through the use of:

  • Interactive graphics
  • Audio narration
  • Video content
  • Drag-and-drop exercises
  • Multiple-choice exams (with built-in remediation)
  • Dynamic placeholders that allow learning to span multiple sessions


Click to take the free course.

My Role on the Team:

  • Full participation in the instructional design phase, where my expertise in Flash informed the selection of learning activities
  • Sole responsibility for the Flash architecture and coding
  • Shared responsibility for graphic design
  • Audio narration: writing, recording, editing, and voice-over talent
  • Hiring and overseeing a 3D artist for several video sequences
  • Creation of  branding images, CD art, and Windows program installer for the courseware

Tools Used:

  • Flash with ActionScript 2.0
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Adobe Audition (for audio editing)
  • Adobe Premiere (for video editing)
  • Nullsoft Install System to create the courseware’s Windows installer

 Awards Won by the Team:

  • National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS) Premier Award 2005 for Multimedia Courseware
  • Society for Technical Communications, Puget Sound Chapter