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  • Allude to workshops – which we will mention at the end.
  • OK – So this is what we all face when we sit down to prepare a course. Information - I was going to put a graph here but I wasn’t sure which one to put – growth of data (genbank), growth in published research (pubmed), growth in the size of introductory textbooks. They are all J shaped curves. The conventional wisdom is that there are more technical terms introduced in an introductory biology course than words in a 1 st year foreign language course. Choices, choices, choices Technology – the ways that biology is done are evolving rapidly (related to the next point), the options to me as a teacher for finding content or using tools, the experiences students are coming to class with. Discipline – everything is inter-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary my experience with bioinformatics.
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  • Asmcue nuts and bolts

    1. 1. Exploring Cyberlearning in Biology Education ASMCUE San Diego, CA May 20, 2010
    2. 2. The C3 Project <ul><li>Professional development workshops and online collaborative activities for community college biology faculty. </li></ul>
    3. 3. C3 Partners
    4. 4. Teaching the Natural Sciences <ul><li>Challenges we are all faced with today </li></ul><ul><li>Explosive growth of information </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding role of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the nature of the discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Growing schism between learning and schooling </li></ul>
    5. 5. Is Cyberlearning Part of the Solution? Borgman, C. (2008), Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge. Report of the NSF Taskforce on Cyberlearning. NSF, Arlington, VA.
    6. 6. What is Cyberlearning?
    7. 7. Cyberlearning: 4 Themes <ul><li>In the C3 Cyberlearning Project we are focusing on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating media literacy and disciplinary literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making teaching and learning processes visible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leveraging existing tools and data to support rich learning experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting student centered learning </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. from Learning, Working & Playing in the Digital Age by John Seely Brown
    9. 9. Cyberlearners use technology to seek answers, but frequently find new questions.
    10. 10. <ul><li>Nature of science in policy documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… undergraduates need to understand the process of science, the interdisciplinary nature of the new biology, and how science is closely integrated within society. Students also should be competent in communication and collaboration, as well as have a certain level of quantitative competency, and a basic ability to understand and interpret data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision and Change: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Call to Action (2009) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. BioQUEST & 3P’s <ul><li>Problem Posing </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Persuasion </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>British paper </li></ul>from Developing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry by Healey and Jenkins (2009).
    13. 13.
    14. 15. Visual Literacy and Animations
    15. 16. Collecting Data from Images
    16. 17. Visualizing Data
    17. 18. RSS Feeds: Staying Current
    18. 19. <ul><li>Fall 2009 Student Survey: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30,616 respondents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>104 colleges and universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 two-year institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>81.7% under 25 years old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>87.4% enrolled full time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Educause Center for Applied Research Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li>Fall 2009 Student Survey: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>98% own computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>79% of freshman own computers less than one year old </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    20. 21. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009.
    21. 22. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009.
    22. 23. “ Young people’s unfettered access to information (of both dubious and stellar quality) places greater demands on the university as an institution to be as flexible as Google in how we organize knowledge and information.” graduate-school-fail/
    23. 24. Our web-savvy students see their curricula as old-fashioned - “an arbitrary set of hoops to jump rather than a carefully considered set of courses.” Undergraduate curricula “looks like Yahoo circa 1996 (i.e. knowledge organized in pre-selected categories).” graduate-school-fail/
    24. 25. “ In contrast to biological research, undergraduate biology education has changed relatively little during the past two decades. The ways in which most future research biologists are educated are geared to the biology of the past, rather than to the biology of the present or future.” National Research Council (2003). Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, Washington, DC, National Academies Press.
    25. 26. <ul><li>Cyberlearning impacts funding opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Projects that explore cyberlearning, specifically learning with cyberinfrastructure tools such as networked computing and communications technologies, are of special interest.” </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Foundation. 2010. Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES).   </li></ul>
    26. 27. <ul><li>Kristin Jenkins Ethel Stanley Sue Risseeuw John Jungck </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2010 C3 Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justin Pruneski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Charland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hedy Choi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elia Crisucci </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keith Garmire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neha Gupta </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ab Mittal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grace Nobel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kelly Perini </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jessica Steiner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tori Wytiaz </li></ul></ul>
    27. 28. Questions and comments? Image: Panther