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Astronomy 122: Birth and Death of Stars
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This website provides materials for a complete introductory astronomy course. Under the lecture heading, students and teachers are provided with pictures, cartoons, and textual information on topics like: matter, energy, gravity, telescopes, stellar astronomy, the interstellar medium, and compact objects. This website also provides quizzes and links to other resources on the Internet.

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Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Assessment
Lecture Notes
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
AMSER LAR Collection
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jim Schombert
Schombert, James
Astronomy 123: Galaxies and the Expanding Universe
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This is a course website for teaching galaxies and the expanding universe in one semester to introductory astronomy non-science majors. It contains a syllabus, lectures, links to internet resources, and quizzes. The text used is Pathways of Astronomy by Schneider and Arny. The site was developed by James Schombert, University of Oregon. Topics include: historical cosmology, fundamental particles, forces, relativity, galaxies, the structure of the universe, dark matter, dark energy, inflation, nucleosynthesis, the CMB, galaxy formation, and the fate of the universe.

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Education
Physics
Space Science
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Assessment
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jim Schombert
Bioinformatics- UH course
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No Strings Attached
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This is an introduction to the bioinformatics website provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). It includes an overview of the basic mission of NCBI and an introduction to the most commonly used biological databases available on the website and the tools for viewing and analyzing the data.

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Technology
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Case Study
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Rice University
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Connexions
Author:
Eran Elhaik
Design and Construction of an Eco-House
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This interdisciplinary course is a real-world collaborative multi-year project that connects various departments, courses, and independent study projects on a college campus. Using the client/consultant model, students from several departments and a wide range of environmental backgrounds come together to explore the design of an efficient future student house on campus. Over a couple of years, students research and test building designs, energy for heating and power, natural flows of available energy, natural ecosystem processes including living machines, and possible materials to use in the eventual construction of the eco-house. This SERC Starting Point site includes learning goals, context for use, teaching tips and materials, assessment, and references.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Full Course
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Cathy Manduca
Environmental Studies Course, Carleton College Professor Gary Wagenbach gwagenba@carleton.edu and Lecturer Richard Strong rstrong@acws.carleton.edu, Compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, ssavanic@carleton.edu
Environmental Assessment Course
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This semester-long project on conducting an environmental audit of a college campus can be done by an individual or by groups of students working in teams. Each group will research a different aspect of campus operations; they will collect data, analyze their findings, and make recommendations for improvements. This SERC Starting Point site includes learning goals, context for use, teaching tips and materials, assessment, and references.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Cathy Manduca
Suzanne Savanick
Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College. Based on a Greening the Campus environmental studies colloquium course taught at Carleton College in 1991.
Field Biology
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This field biology class uses a service-learning project instead of a course term paper. The students worked with 4th and 5th graders at a local school to teach them skills in wildflower and fern identification, and then to help them implement a nature trail, which will be accessible to the greater community.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Course taught by Nancy Prentiss, University of Maine-Farmington, prentiss@maine.edu. Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center, ssavanic@carleton.edu.
Freshwater Ecology/Limnology
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Students study aquatic organisms in relation to the environmental conditions of lakes and streams. The course develops substantial quantities of data concerning the local watershed. This data is used by community partners in many contexts.

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Life Science
Ecology
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Course taught by Dave Potter, Unity College. Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center.
Geography 135: Climate Summit
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This resource is a role-playing geography course at UC-Santa Barbara. In this cooperative learning exercise students are challenged to assume the roles of nations and organizations in order to discuss and debate the state of the global climate. The course is designed to be a total "immersion" into the process (presentations, discussions and negotiations) and atmosphere of an environmental summit. Also included are writing and reading assignments, lecture notes, and links to relevant sites.

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Full Course
Syllabus
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Catherine Gautier
Uniersity of California, Santa Barbara
Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMs)
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GEMs is a database of educational materials, for various levels, promoting green chemistry--the redesign of chemical transformations and processes to reduce use of materials hazardous to human health and the environment. The 54 items include labs, lecture materials, course syllabi, and multimedia content.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Syllabus
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NSDL Staff
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Chemistry Gateways and Resources
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Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon
The History of Public Health
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In the History of Public Health we will examine the historical experience of health and illness from a population perspective. This material seeks to reveal how the organization of societies facilitates or mitigates the production and transmission of disease. It also asks how do populations and groups of individuals go about securing their health? One key theme is the medical management of space in one form or another - from the public space of the environment through institutional spaces such as schools and workplaces to personal/individual body space. The progression of the lectures reflects this, working "inwards" from the environment to individuals. The content provides an historical interpretation of how the theory and practice of public health in today's world has come to be what it is. We will concentrate primarily on the modern world (i.e., 1750 onwards) and omit detailed examination of public health in antiquity and the middle ages, although these time periods will be alluded to frequently. A thematic rather than chronological structure will be adopted so that comparisons can be made across the centuries and between different parts of the globe.

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Education
Life Science
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Full Course
Lecture Notes
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
Mooney, Graham
Mooney, Graham
Interpreting the History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay
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This is a 2-unit Service Learning option associated with the "Special Topics: The History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay" course. Students will learn about Monterey Bay in the special topics course and will share their knowledge with K-12 grade children at local schools by participating in the Virtual Canyon Project.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Course instructor: Dr. Steve Moore, California State University, Monterey Bay Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center.
Introduction to Global Change
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This site from the University of Michigan is the homepage for an interdisciplinary three semester introductory course sequence that investigates the causes and potential impacts of global change. The curriculum is tailored to beginning student and includes three course; physical processes, human impacts, and sustainability studies. The site includes lecture notes, syllabi, and lab exercises.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Syllabus
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Ben van der Pluijm
Dave Allan
George Kling
Perry Samson
University of Michigan
Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences Conference
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This web site contains the proceedings from the Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS) conference, held in March 2014. Materials available include presentations and posters from the conference and a database of syllabi for physics courses for a life science audience.

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Technology
Life Science
Physics
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Syllabus
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Marine Environmental Geology
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This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.

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Life Science
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Course taught by Prof. Ed Laine, Bowdoin College (edlaine@bowdoin.edu) and Cathryn Field, Lab Instructor (cfield@bowdoin.edu). Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center (ssavanic@carleton.edu).
Methods in Biostatistics I
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Presents fundamental concepts in applied probability, exploratory data analysis, and statistical inference, focusing on probability and analysis of one and two samples. Topics include discrete and continuous probability models; expectation and variance; central limit theorem; inference, including hypothesis testing and confidence for means, proportions, and counts; maximum likelihood estimation; sample size determinations; elementary non-parametric methods; graphical displays; and data transformations.

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Education
Life Science
Mathematics
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Syllabus
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
Caffo, Brian
Ocean World
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Developed and maintained by the Jason Education Project at the Texas A&M University, this comprehensive site has educational information and activities on weather, foraminifera, coral reefs, satellites, El Nino, ice ages, fisheries, waves, icebergs and currents. A wealth of student and educator resources is available. Teacher resources include a crash-course in oceanography, a section on using technology in the classroom, and five classroom activities.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Syllabus
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Problem Solving for Immunization Programs
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Countries around the world - even those at war - are collaborating to ensure that children under the age of five don't die from diseases for which vaccines are available. In the past twenty years, global vaccine coverage has surpassed eighty percent, and a second disease, polio, is nearly eradicated. In the United States, coverage rates are even higher, and vaccine-preventable diseases are now rare. Never have so many resources been focused on immunization - yet problems remain. Additional, highly effective vaccines have been developed but still do not reach the majority of children. More worrisome, currently high immunization rates may be unsustainable for a number of reasons. This material will cover immunization basics and survey the public health, sociological, and economic literature, identifying and analyzing common problems using a standard problem-solving approach. Topics will span developed and developing countries and will include vaccine-delivery strategies, program management and supervision, epidemiological surveillance, community participation, and disease eradication. Students will analyze actual vaccination data using the U.S. Center for Disease Control's CASA software program. Once you've completed the course, you should have gained the necessary tools to identify and formulate innovative solutions to common problems faced by immunization program managers and policymakers.

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Education
Life Science
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Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Syllabus
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
McQuestion, Michael
SEI: Junior E&M I Course Materials
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This web site contains the research-based curricular materials on junior-level Electricity and Magnetism developed by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative group. This course is the first semester of a two-semester course covering electro- and magneto-statics and closely follows the standard text by David Griffiths, “Introduction to Electrodynamics.” The materials provided include concept tests, homework questions, tutorials, lecture notes, instructor guides, and the results of studies of student difficulties with the class. <b>All of the materials for this course are available in a single large zip file on the web site. Materials can also be downloaded by individual topic and type at <a href="http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/Relations.cfm?ID=7891">http://www.compadre.org/psrc/items/Relations.cfm?ID=7891</a>.</b> To help hide sensitive materials from students, these online materials do not include the assessments developed as part of the course: Midterm and final exams, solutions to homework and exams, etc. If you would like access to those materials, please email Steven Pollock at steven.pollock@colorado.edu.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Syllabus
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward Kinney
Michael Dubson
National Science Foundation
Rachel E. Pepper
Stephanie V. Chasteen
Steven J. Pollock
Sarita Wetland Restoration
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The Sarita Wetland restoration on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus is used as teaching tools by numerous classes. Students, staff and faculty have collaborated on the planning and implementation of the project. This example highlights the restoration process, and specifically references one of the classes, the Water Quality class.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Syllabus
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, ssavanic@carleton.edu. Based on a Water Quality class taught by Jim Perry, University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Sustainable Campus Initiative, coordinated by Suzanne Savanick.
Statistical Reasoning I
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Statistical Reasoning in Public Health provides an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning through lectures, exercises, and bulletin board discussions. It represents an introduction to the field and provides a survey of data and data types. Specific topics include tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Syllabus
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
McGready, John
McGready, John
Toxicology Enrichment Materials
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The series contains fact sheets on toxicology, introductory exercises to familiarize students with the study of toxicology and student assignments addressing specific issues in toxicology. The assignments are designed to enrich typical course curricula and give students practice using information from both library and internet sources.

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Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Syllabus
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Suzanne Conklin (Rhode Island College;)
Writing Teaching Documents as a Class Project
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This describes strategies for having classes develop teaching modules as a class project

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Adam Sparks (Kansas State University;)
Karen Garrett (Kansas State University;)
Lawrence Scharmann (University of Wisconsin;)
Paul Esker (Kansas State University;)