Event Details

Investigative Case-based Learning Biotechnology 2003: Updating Educators for the 21st Century
Host:
Location:
Blacksburg, VA
Date(s):
July 16, 2003 - July 19, 2003
Abstract/Description:
Session 1:
Investigative Cases in Agribusiness: Got Milk? (rBGH Labeling) Family Trees (Citrus Canker) and Feast to Famine (Potato Late Blight) **LifeLines**
Please join us as we explore case-based biology modules designed for learners in two-year colleges. In this workshop, participants will use investigative case based learning strategies to probe rBGH labeling, citrus canker, and potato late blight. (Materials will be provided on site. More cases are available at the LifeLines OnLine Project Web Site: [http://bioquest.org/lifelines].) We will work in small groups to pursue our own questions, explore internet resources including computational tools and databases, utilize simulations, and present our ‚Äúsolutions‚Ä? as well as strategies and reasoning in a mini-poster session. At the end of the session, participants are invited to share insights and discuss strategies for implementing case-based teaching in their own classrooms
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Session 2:
Bioinformatics in the Curriculum: Forensics, HIV Sequence Data, and Evolution **BEDROCK** Anyone with an internet connection now has access to the rich data and powerful tools used in the analysis of molecular sequences and structures. The resulting challenge to educators is deciding how to engage students in biological problem solving that makes use of these new resources in meaningful ways. Our approach to developing bioinformatics education materials emphasizes: - the central role of evolutionary theory as a powerful heuristic for identifying and interpreting homology - the integration of bioinformatics across the introductory biology curriculum; and, - opportunities to engage in realistic problem solving with rich data resources. The workshop will feature both introductory activities and more open-ended research investigations using HIV patient data sets. We will use several on-line computational tools and resources including the Biology WorkBench [workbench.sdsc.edu] in addition to hands-on materials. At the end of the session, participants are invited to share insights and discuss strategies for implementing bioinformatics teaching in their own classrooms.
Host Organization's Web Site:
http://www.biotech.vt.edu/conferences/biotech2003/
Our Event Web Site:
http://bioquest.org/lifelines/biotech2003/
BioQUEST Staff Attending:
Ethel Stanley    Margaret Waterman    Linda Weinland

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