Teaching in a flipped classroom, I've discovered that there is time not only to interact with students, ensuring they're working on research and their projects, but also time to provide detailed feedback on their work and discuss their progress in class. A second idea pitched to the class was a critical analysis pitting Darwin and Lamarck in a hypothetical debate. In "Battle of Ideas" they go head to head. Finally, I borrowed an idea from an iRubric project a colleague created entitled Simpsons Evolution and adapted it a bit. The response by students has been great so far. They're a bit overwhelmed by the freedom and complexity that creative projects provide. Simultaneously, they're excited by the reports and projects they can create. I've included a few screenshots below.
The podcast you see in the image gallery is a full narrative created by one group enacting the Scopes' Trial. I asked the students if they were interested in sharing their work. With a slight audio change, they said yes. I've included it below :)`
All in all, student work, feedback, and interest remain high.