Computational Biology Curriculum Development Tutorial
Topic: Computational Biology Curriculum Development Tutorial
Meeting dates: July 6-9, 2010
Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Here's what participants said about their experience at the NIMBioS Tutorial: Computational Biology Curriculum Development.
Karla-Sue Marriott, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Savannah State University
Rafael Tosado, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Objectives: This tutorial focused on helping graduate students and faculty develop curriculum resources and teaching approaches that reflect modern biological problem solving as well as engage students with the use of emerging computational tools and data. Participants explored the use of scientific data repositories, investigated online analysis and visualization tools, and utilized open source resources for scientific collaboration. The focus was on developing teaching units that apply quantitative biological problem solving strategies to real problems in medicine, epidemiology, forensics, agriculture and conservation.
This week long event was divided into three phases:
Phase I: Participants worked with existing curricular units to engage in research like learning activities.
Phase II: Everyone adapted and adopted existing resources to address their interests and teaching settings.
Phase III: Groups initiated longer-term development efforts that will form the basis for ongoing collaborations and curricular innovation.
- Learn how to engage students with realistic scientific problems using rich datasets.
- Discover cyber-learning strategies for engaging students in cutting-edge science.
- Explore online data, visualization and analysis tools, and other resources to support student investigations.
- Learn and share strategies for supporting and assessing student investigations.
- Develop materials tailored for your classroom.
- Develop a scholarly approach to teaching and learning in undergraduate biology courses.
All of the materials used and developed as part of this tutorial will be available online.