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Education Sharing our Ethnobotany Curriculum: the Open Science Approach

Depass, Anthony [1].

Technologyin Biology Education: Shifting Paradigms for Content Access and Dissemination.

The quest for finding more effective ways to teach and learn has meant for most,the incorporation of the newest technologies into the classroom. The increasingly rapid pace of technologicaladvancement has transformed the volume and quality of information that is accessible to faculty and students in and outside of the classroom, and that has redefined the learning environment. Besides impacting teaching, technology has had a major impact on the growth of teachable information, in part due to the faster pace of scientific discovery, and has raised issues as to what should be taught. The vastly inclusive encyclopedic approach has been the basis for a teaching model that has dominated science education for more than a century has grown more impractical.

The recent NSF supported report on Vision andChange in Undergraduate Biology Education: A call to Action, argues for afocus on core concepts and competencies as a model that will serve to better educate future scientists and an informed citizenry. Its implementation will impact content in the determination of the core concepts that are to be taught to the desired level of critical understanding. The role of technology, not for its own sake, but to bring inquiry-based pedagogy to the learner will be of significant consideration. However, this brings us back to the question of access. Recent publications have indicated that access may be defined by the way technology is used, and that such use vary significantly between segments of our population. The paradigm for the incorporation of technology in learning, especially at the university level, may potentially serve to deepen disparities and widen gaps in achievementas measured by outcomes that are intimately tied to these newer approaches.

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1 - Long Island University, Biology, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY12
Location: Lindell C/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 1:45 PM
Number: SY12002
Abstract ID:956

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