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BIOLOGY

Case It!: Enhancing Case-Based Learning in Biology Education through Computer Simulation and Internet Conferencing
by Mark Bergland, Karen Klyczek, Kim Mogen, and Douglas Johnson, Department of Biology, Mary Lundeberg, Department of Teacher Education, and Marlys Nelson, Information Technology Services, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

As a National Science Foundation-sponsored project, Case It! seeks to enhance case-based learning in high school and university biology courses through the use of molecular biology computer simulations and Internet conferencing.  Students play two roles: first, as laboratory technicians analyzing DNA sequences associated with particular cases, and then as genetics counselors and family members discussing the results of genetic testing. The simulated scenarios place emphasis on ethical issues connected with the various cases. (May 2001)

BioLEARN: Wisconsin's Science Teachers Share Curriculum Ideas and Professional Development
by Jennifer Smith, TTT Editor

Since its launch in 1999, the BioLEARN project has linked Wisconsin life science teachers and their disciplinary colleagues in the UW System. The goals of the project are dual: the creation of a website with proven middle school and high school classroom activities in biology, and the professional development of the secondary education teachers who participate. Read about the development of the project, BioLEARN's accomplishments so far, and where it's headed next. (March 2001)

Student Publishing of Biology on the Internet
Professor Mark Bergland
Department of of Biology, UW-River Falls

ABSTRACT
Professor Bergland uses the Web in a variety of ways in his classes. In his Freshman Colloquium, an orientation course for majors, Bergland teaches the students techniques necessary for Web page construction. Students then construct home pages and publish papers on the Web. Similarly, in Bergland's Ornithology and Wildlife Biology classes, students publish projects on the Web.  Bergland has also authored software for students in Introductory Biology and Molecular Biology to use to run simulated DNA electrophoresis gels.  This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (Course and Curriculum Development).

Paul Boyer and Computer-assisted Courseware
Professor Paul Boyer
Department of  Biology, UW-Parkside

ABSTRACT (with no article)
Professor Boyer uses computer-assisted learning technologies and Internet resources in his biology courses. He currently is developing computer-assisted, problem-based learning courseware modules for the biology course "Nature of Life" that will completely replace the current lecture-based delivery of the course.  You can reach Professor Boyer at boyer@cs.uwp.edu

Hypermedia Class Presentations
Professor Bob Morden
Department of Biology, UW-Superior

ABSTRACT (with no article)
Professor Morden is using hypermedia in his class presentations. Each concept is taught by a stack of screens which contain graphic material, sound, animation, and other multimedia. The book he has written has also been converted to a multimedia presentation format for individual student use. Information on the Internet is included in these multimedia presentations.  You can reach Professor Morden at: rmorden@staff.uwsupser.edu

PowerPoint and Animations with Complex Lecture Material
Professor Millard Susman
Department of Genetics, UW-Madison

ABSTRACT (with no article)
Dr. Susman uses PowerPoint for all of his lectures, which enables him to present complex processes in an orderly way--for example, building one layer at a time onto a multi-step experimental protocol. He has also been making use of animations to illustrate dynamic processes by either borrowing good animations from others or making his own. Animations he has created include a long, complex animation of protein synthesis and mini-animations of crossing over at the molecular level (the Holliday model), of ribosome translocation, and of F-factor integration into the bacterial chromosome. More information on the Protein Synthesis Cartoon is located at http://www.wisc.edu/genetics/CATG/susman/cartoon.html
This year Susman has also recommended to his Biology Core Curriculum students that they buy "Electronic Companion to Genetics," a CD-ROM learning aid for genetics students.
Susman's home page is located at http://www.wisc.edu/genetics/CATG/susman/index.html
You can reach Dr. Susman at msusman@facstaff.wisc.edu

Science and Technology Course via Distance Education to High School Students
Professor Lance Urven
Department of Biology, UW-Whitewater

ABSTRACT (with no article)
Professor Urven and John Bak, a Chemistry professor at UW-Whitewater, are transferring an introductory college science and technology literacy course called "Science and Technology in Society" to a distance education/WWW format for advanced high school students. Later, they plan to offer the class for wider distribution via the WWW. The course content includes values of science, distinctions between science and technology, the origins and historical development of science and technology, philosophical assumptions of science and other ways of knowing the world, pseudo-science, experimental design, data analysis, scientific communication, critical analysis of scientific and technical information in the mass media, a sociological model of science and technology, risk/benefit analysis, ethical use of technology, and technology case studies that vary from semester to semester. Multilateral full video conferencing, e-mail, Hypernews, Internet Relay Chat, and the World Wide Web are the technologies being used in this course.  You can reach Professor Urven at: urvenl@uwwvax.uww.edu

UW-System Collaborative Project: BioWeb
UW-System Campuses
Contact: Professor Scott Cooper

ABSTRACT
In 1997, over forty-three UW-System biology faculty members developed a collaborative website that covers a broad range of biological subjects. At present, project BioWeb contains an electronic library of images and an extensive archive of links to a variety of sites, such as modeling and sequencing programs that can be used by UW students and instructors for research and course development.  The collaborators recently received a $29,000 technology grant from the UW-System to further develop and enhance the project, which is still under construction.

 

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