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1 Exploring Cyberlearning in Biology Education NIMBioS Computational Biology Curriculum Tutorial UT - Knoxville July, 2010

2 Teaching the Natural Sciences Challenges we are all faced with today Explosive growth of information Expanding role of technology Changes in the nature of the discipline Growing schism between learning and schooling

3 Teaching the Natural Sciences Challenges we are all faced with today Explosive growth of information Expanding role of technology Changes in the nature of the discipline Growing schism between learning and schooling

4 Information Overload or Filter Failure Clay Shirky

5 Teaching the Natural Sciences Challenges we are all faced with today Explosive growth of information Expanding role of technology Changes in the nature of the discipline Growing schism between learning and schooling

6 Fall 2009 Student Survey: 30,616 respondents 104 colleges and universities 12 two-year institutions 81.7% under 25 years old 87.4% enrolled full time The Educause Center for Applied Research Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, u/187215

7 Fall 2009 Student Survey: 98% own computers 79% of freshman own computers less than one year old ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, u/187215

8 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, u/187215

9 Teaching the Natural Sciences Challenges we are all faced with today Explosive growth of information Expanding role of technology Changes in the nature of the discipline Growing schism between learning and schooling

10 “In contrast to biological research, undergraduate biology education has changed relatively little during the past two decades. The ways in which most future research biologists are educated are geared to the biology of the past, rather than to the biology of the present or future.” National Research Council (2003). Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, Washington, DC, National Academies Press.

11 Our web-savvy students see their curricula as old-fashioned - “an arbitrary set of hoops to jump rather than a carefully considered set of courses.” Undergraduate curricula “looks like Yahoo circa 1996 (i.e. knowledge organized in pre-selected categories).” graduate-school-fail/

12 Teaching the Natural Sciences Challenges we are all faced with today Explosive growth of information Expanding role of technology Changes in the nature of the discipline Growing schism between learning and schooling

13 Learning - In and Out of School Collins & Halverson, Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schools.

14 Is Cyberlearning Part of the Solution? Borgman, C. (2008), Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge. Report of the NSF Taskforce on Cyberlearning. NSF, Arlington, VA.

15 What is Cyberlearning?

16 C3 Cyberlearning is … focused on distance education … focused on replacing labs or field experiences … focused on classroom or learning management systems... focused on teaching about technology … focused on integrating information and disciplinary literacy to support authentic science learning. C3 Cyberlearning is not

17 Nature of science in policy documents … undergraduates need to understand the process of science, the interdisciplinary nature of the new biology, and how science is closely integrated within society. Students also should be competent in communication and collaboration, as well as have a certain level of quantitative competency, and a basic ability to understand and interpret data. Vision and Change: A Call to Action (2009)

18 Cyberlearning impacts funding opportunities: “Projects that explore cyberlearning, specifically learning with cyberinfrastructure tools such as networked computing and communications technologies, are of special interest.” National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES).

19 from Learning, Working & Playing in the Digital Age by John Seely Brown

20 4 interrelated notions of authenticity Materials and activities aligned with the world outside the classroom. Assessment aligned with what students should learn from instruction. Topics of study aligned with what learners want to know. Methods of inquiry aligned with practices in a discipline. from Thick authenticity: New media and authentic learning. Schaffer & Resnick (1999).

21 BioQUEST & 3P’s Problem Posing Problem Solving Peer Persuasion

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24 Visual Literacy and Animations hill.com/http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/forestbiology/photosynthes is.swf

25 Collecting Data from Images

26 Visualizing Data yeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/many eyes/http://www.gapminder.org/

27 RSS Feeds: Staying Current

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29 How do you promote cyberlearning? Image: Panther

30 Kristin Jenkins Ethel Stanley Stephen Everse John Jungck Spring 2010 C3 Group Justin Pruneski Bob Charland Hedy Choi Elia Crisucci Keith Garmire Neha Gupta Ab Mittal Grace Nobel Kelly Perini Jessica Steiner Tori Wytiaz

31 C3 Partners


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