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Virus and bioinformatics articles with some microbiology and immunology thrown in for good measure
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Making authentic science accessible—the benefits and challenges of integrating bioinformatics into a high-school science curriculum

Despite the central place held by bioinformatics in modern life sciences and related areas, it has only recently been integrated to a limited extent into high-school teaching and learning programs. Here we describe the assessment of a learning environment entitled ‘Bioinformatics in the Service of Biotechnology’.... Analysis of students’ affective outcomes revealed positive attitudes toward bioinformatics and the learning environment, as well as their perception of the teacher’s role. Insights from this analysis yielded implications and recommendations for curriculum design, classroom enactment, teacher education and research. For example, we recommend teaching bioinformatics in an integrative and comprehensive manner, through an inquiry process, and linking it to the wider science curriculum.

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elearnspace › The future of higher education and other imponderables

elearnspace › The future of higher education and other imponderables | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

Educators are not driving the change bus. Leadership in traditional universities has been grossly negligent in preparing the academy for the economic and technological reality it now faces. This failure is apparent in interactions I’ve had with several universities over the past several months. Universities have not been paying attention. As a result, they have not developed systemic capacity to function in a digital networked age. In order to try and ramp up capacity today, they have to acquire the skills that they failed to develop over the last decade by purchasing services from vendors. Digital content, testing, teaching resources, teaching/learning software, etc. are now being purchased to try and address the capacity shortage. Enormous amounts of organizational resources are now flowing outside of education in order to fill gaps due to poor leadership. Good for the startups that were smart enough to anticipate the skill and capacity shortage in higher education. Bad for the university, faculty, and support staff. http://edfuture.net/

 


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Berkeley Joins 'EdX' Effort to Offer Free Open Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Berkeley Joins 'EdX' Effort to Offer Free Open Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

Since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University unveiled their plan to create a platform for free online courses called edX, more than 120 other colleges and universities around the world have expressed interested in joining in.

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Inspire a Scientist: Twelve Resources to Promote Science | Notes From NAP

Inspire a Scientist: Twelve Resources to Promote Science | Notes From NAP | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

A new report from the Council on Foreign Relations reaffirms the importance of science education for the future of (our) nation.

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Educating the world about microbes

Educating the world about microbes | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

I (Dr. Racaniello) just returned from Dublin where I was honored to receive the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education from the Society for General Microbiology.

 

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