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Jonathan Holz


  • Associate Professor of Instruction


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483 Hutchison
(585) 275-8973

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Overview

I am broadly interested in anatomy and physiology education that forms a foundational component of a student’s liberal arts education and prepares them to thrive and adapt in whatever situations the future may hold for them. The lecture courses mix seminal content knowledge with underlying principles and problem-solving to facilitate future learning in the field, adjacent provinces, or novel areas of study. The laboratory components stress the importance of, and allow students to improve proficiency in, three-dimensional observational study and utilization of the scientific method.

I explore, collaborate, and implement strategies to maximize the realization of these goals and ensure that opportunity is equally available to all students. To that end, currently my interests are centered around open educational resources, no-cost course materials, and evidence-based pedagogical approaches that facilitate active learning and student engagement.

Courses Taught: BIO204 Principles of Human Physiology (Fall and Summer* Semesters), BIO204P Principles of Human Physiology Lab (Fall and Summer* Semesters), BIO217 Principles of Human Anatomy (Spring Semesters). *Summer session courses are subject to minimum enrollment requirements

Research Interests

  • Pedagogy
  • Open educational resources
  • Equity in education
  • Physiology, Anatomy, Toxicology

Selected Publications

  • Solving for X: The Textbook Affordability Equation, University of Rochester, Library Department, March 24, 2022
  • Ava Schwartz, Jonathan Holz. Case Study on the use of Visible Body as a Digital Tool in an Online Section of Human Anatomy Lab. Digital Ideas for Teaching and Learning. July 2021.
  • “Establishing an OpenStax textbook as the required book for a Physiology course and empowering students to improve upon the OER by finding and incorporating openly licensed images, graphics, and videos”, University of Rochester’s Library’s Author Series for Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations. January 13, 2021
  • “Use of Digital Reusable Assignments to Supplement and Support OER Adoption and Increase Student Engagement in a Human Physiology Course” Open Educational Conference, Nov. 9-13, 2020