OpenStax Biology 2e

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Virtual Cell Animation Collection

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The Virtual Cell Animation Collection currently contains 24 animations in 3D and with motion, which cover many molecular and cellular biology (MCB) topics. The Animation Collection is available on a website (http://vcell.ndsu.edu/animations), a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/ndsuvirtualcell), and as an Apple iOS app. Biology education research indicates that 1) multiple viewing of animations increase learning gains beyond a single viewing either before a lecture, as in a “flipped” classroom, or during a lecture, 2) increased learning gains result from engagement with animations over engagement with static graphics, and 3) students perceive that engagement with animations greatly facilitates their understanding of MCB processes.

Material Type: Simulation

Authors: Alan White, Katie Reindl, Phillip McClean

Activities for engaging students in Biology using animations

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This resource includes three classroom-tested activities that were created using the ideas outlined in the article “Getting more out of animations” by Pruneski and Donovan (in press). The driving idea is that animations can be a powerful tool for learning complex biological processes, but when students are passive viewers, it limits their usefulness and may become simply another source of content to be memorized. Engaging students with animations can greatly increase the amount of information that can be extracted and can help students develop important learning skills that can be useful in the future. These sample assignments help make the use of animations more effective and active by structuring student viewing using guiding questions. These questions focus on particular objects, features, or steps of the process to help students accomplish specific learning objectives for that topic. The assignments also help students think about animations as media objects that are created by scientists and animators using specific tools and conventions that affect how the process is depicted and the ways in which it should be viewed. Lastly, by comparing and contrasting multiple animations of the same process, students can extract more information, overcome the limitations of each individual animations, and generate a more complete view of the process.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Authors: Stacey Kiser, Sam Donovan, Justin Pruneski

Logic Puzzle

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This activity is intended as an exercise in deductive logic. The students perform a series of "experiments" in which they try to identify which predators eat which specific prey (Each predator eats one and only one prey). The instructions are on the site. students may also click on the blue square to make the game full screen. A worksheet is added for students to record their results. This also is an exercise in articulating the logic used in the study. (Most students have no trouble figuring out the relationships). Writing down their results and conclusions is a bit trickier. ) This has been used for community college classes. It can be used at lower levels such as high school or even middle school without the worksheet.

Material Type: Game

Author: Arthur Wohlwill

My Personal Zoo Biology Activity

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This individual or group activity involves reading about the human microbiome, followed by explorations at University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center website. It was developed by Ryan Chabarria, Lone Star College- Kingwood; Jennifer Kneafsey, Tulsa Community College; Catherine Parmiter, Estrella Mountain Community College; Natalie Russell, Tarrant County College; and Andrew Tag, Texas A&M University.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: OpenStax, Rice University

Microscope and Cell

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This is a totally online lab teaching the use of the microscope and basic structure of the cell. For additional information about totally online labs go to www.accesslearningsystems.com

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Introduction to Concepts in Statistics

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After the completion of this module, the student will be able to *read scatter plots and bar graphs *identify error bars on a graph *explain the role of a trend line *produce simple graphs in Excel The curricular materials contain a workbook (pdf and docx formats) and spreadsheets to work on the data and generate graphs.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Claudia Neuhauser

Principles of Pharmacology, Spring 2005

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An introduction to pharmacology. Topics include mechanisms of drug action, dose-response relations, pharmacokinetics, drug delivery systems, drug metabolism, toxicity of pharmacological agents, drug interactions, and substance abuse. Selected agents and classes of agents examined in detail.

Material Type: Full Course

Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

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Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is an open textbook designed for students in graduate-level nursing and education programs. Its intent is to recognize the significant role the literature review plays in the research process and to prepare students for the work that goes into writing one. Developed for new graduate students and novice researchers just entering into the work of a chosen discipline, each of the eight chapters covers a component of the literature review process. Students will learn how to form a research question, search existing literature, synthesize results and write the review. The book contains examples, checklists, supplementary materials, and additional resources. Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is written by two librarians with expertise guiding students through research and writing assignments, and is openly licensed.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Linda Frederiksen, Sue F. Phelps

Open Textbook Library

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"Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost."

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Open Textbook Library

HALF LIFE OF mRNA

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Introduction: Messenger RNA is transcribed as a complementary copy of DNA that will eventually be translated into an amino acid chain. mRNA travels from the nucleus to the cytoplasm for translation. Because mRNA is constantly being degraded in the cytoplasm, it is synthesized at a much higher rate than necessary for maintenance of a steady amount. Questions: Can we estimate the half-life of mRNA? Does knowledge of mRNA half-life give information about the poly A tail?

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: L. Gross, M. Beals, S. Harrell

NUCLEO-CYTOPLASMIC TRANSPORT

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Introduction: The membrane of the nucleus is perforated by nuclear pores that permit the entry of water soluble molecules from the cytoplasm into the nucleoplasm. Small molecules in the cell cytoplasm needed for processes in the nucleus typically penetrate through the nuclear envelope by diffusion. Question: How is the rate of diffusion of molecules into the nucleus affected by properties of the cell?

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: L. Gross, M. Beals, S. Harrell

MAINTENANCE OF CELL SHAPE

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Introduction: Fibrous elements of the cytoskeleton, including microtubules and filaments, help maintain cell shape. For example, amoeba movement involves interactions of myosin and actin in the microfilaments in the cell cytoskeleton. Myosin is normally dispersed throughout the cell, but locally assembles and disassembles as necessary to drive movement. Question: How does the assembly of myosin contribute to cell shape?

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: L. Gross, M. Beals, S. Harrell