Saturday, July 11, 2009

Links for Online Course Content Resources

Much front-end production time in creating a new course or converting a course to online will be spent planning and producing content.

In considering media for inclusion in your online course, consider
Fleming's six-element typology of teaching tasks and objectives: 1) attention, 2) perception and recall, 3) organization and sequencing, 4) instruction and feedback, 5) learner participation, and 6) higher-order thinking and concept formation. The following media and modes are considered because they are common and familiar, and also because they constitute the tools most available to online teachers, trainers, and learners: 1) print and text, 2) still graphics and illustrations, 3) sound and music, 4) video and moving graphics, and 5) multimedia.

Over the next few postings, I plan to provide a variety of annotated links to resources on the web for instructors to use in developing their lessons. We’ll start with Science.

CHEMISTRY COLLECTIVE is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concepts tests which can be incorporated into a variety of teaching approaches as pre-labs, alternatives to textbook homework, and in-class activities for individuals or teams. It is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon University for college and high school teachers who are interested in using, assessing, and/or creating engaging online activities for chemistry education.

(LabBench Activities)
Site maintained by Pearson--series of interactive flash demonstrations

  • Lab 1: Diffusion & Osmosis
  • Lab 2: Enzyme Catalysis
  • Lab 3: Mitosis & Meiosis
  • Lab 4: Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis
  • Lab 5: Cell Respiration
  • Lab 6: Molecular Biology
  • Lab 7: Genetics of Organisms
  • Lab 8: Population Genetics
  • Lab 9: Transpiration
  • Lab 10: Circulatory Physiology
  • Lab 11: Animal Behavior
  • Lab 12: Dissolved Oxygen

BIOINTERACTIVE VIRTUAL LABS: Maintained by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Virtual Labs won top honors in the 2002 Pirelli INTERNETional Award competition.More than 1,200 multimedia entries competed for the Top Pirelli Prize, which recognizes the best multimedia products designed to use the Internet to educate about science and technology. The site a variety of video clips, animations, and virtual labs.
  • The Transgenic Fly Virtual Lab
  • The Bacterial Identification Lab
  • The Cardiology Lab
  • The Neurophysiology Lab
  • The Immunology Lab

Virtual Science: Experiments,"Hands-on", Laboratories (from MIT)
  • Links to interactive science resources gathered by MIT

VADLO: Biomedical and Life Sciences Search Engine: Vadlo was developed by two biology scientists who wish to make it easier to locate biology research related information on the web. Vadlo search engine caters to all branches of life sciences. VADLO allows users to search within five categories: Protocols, Online Tools, Seminars, Databases and Software. Feel free to copy the Cartoons for your personal use and PowerPoint presentations!

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