cancer biology textbook for non science majors l.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Cancer Biology Textbook for Non-Science Majors PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Cancer Biology Textbook for Non-Science Majors

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 10

Cancer Biology Textbook for Non-Science Majors - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 162 Views
  • Uploaded on

Cancer Biology Textbook for Non-Science Majors. Pamela K. Hanson. The Trouble with Intro Courses. Emphasis on content Lack of connections between topics to other disciplines Irrelevance to life outside the classroom. The Class. BI 149: Cancer – Biology and Beyond

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Cancer Biology Textbook for Non-Science Majors' - breck


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
the trouble with intro courses
The Trouble with Intro Courses
  • Emphasis on content
  • Lack of connections
    • between topics
    • to other disciplines
  • Irrelevance to life outside the classroom
the class
The Class
  • BI 149: Cancer – Biology and Beyond
  • First-Year “Foundations” Class
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Community-oriented
  • 16 students, mostly non-science majors
the problem
The Problem
  • Few current resources pitched at appropriate level
    • I assume only a very rudimentary understanding of the natural sciences
  • None that address the biology, chemistry, physics, statistics and psychology of cancer
  • Most are content-oriented as opposed to evidenced-based
the solution
The Solution
  • Write a new textbook that emphasizes:
    • The process of science
    • The interdisciplinary nature of science
    • Concept change
  • Four major units
    • The origins of cancer
    • Cancer diagnosis
    • Cancer treatment
    • Cancer prevention
some concerns of reviewers
Some Concerns of Reviewers
  • Not completely original work
    • Will write it all myself
  • Availability for use by others
    • Switched to on-line textbook
  • Lack of faculty reviewer
    • Anyone interested?
another new twist
Another New Twist
  • Incorporation of learning objects
    • Discrete, interactive units that can be used in multiple classes and by multiple institutions
    • In collaboration with Mike Roy et al. at Wesleyan
    • Example:
      • Ames test animation and quiz
      • Interactive maps
        • Lifestyle vs. cancer rates
        • Environmental factors vs. cancer rates
surprises or unanticipated difficulties
Surprises or Unanticipated Difficulties
  • It’s hard to keep things evidence-based
  • Pinpointing common student misconceptions
  • I can’t believe I’m going high tech!
some useful resources
Some Useful Resources…

www.lolaexchange.org

http://creativecommons.org