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Biology eAcademy: Blackboard Collaborate and Our PLCs

The CSU is using Blackboard Collaborate for 19 campuses. The Professional Learning Communities that are coming out of the eAcademies will be meeting  every two weeks in Collaborate. The Biology eAcademy will be continuing using Collaborate. http://tinyurl.com/csu-plc Brett Christie opened … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: Using TurnItIn

The CSU has a license for TurnItIn http://turnitin.com This has become so much more than just plagiarism software. It allows instructors to do extensive mark-up and commenting on papers. It has a powerful rubric tool, it allows instructors to insert … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: Principles of Biology

Extracted from file:LA2-NSRW-1-0230.jpg Brown bear sketch from scaned textbook (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Affordable Learning Solutions, Principles of Biology, Nature. This is a commercial online textbook that is low cost. http://als.csuprojects.org. Each part of the textbook is an online module that … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: SmartScience Demonstration & Exploration

History of SmartScience – http://www.smartscience.net/SmartScience/SmartScience.html English: Students completing a lab experiment in Fisher Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What makes a great science lab experience? Edmund Hall wrote a book on science on teaching science – gave an ideal vision.  A good … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: Further Discussions on Teaching with Simulations

Students in the incubation room at the Woodbine Agricultural School, New Jersey (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC) The group seems to have come to a consensus tha tthe online “labs” are really simulations and not labs. They can … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: How to Teach with Virtual Labs

EPA GULF BREEZE LABORATORY, THE MICRO-BIOLOGY LAB. TAKING A BACTERIA COLONY COUNT – NARA – 546274 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We had a conversation this morning after reviewing an online lab about how calculus and chemistry is taught. Calculus has the … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: Introduction to Virtual Labs

Figure 3 (Photo credit: Libertas Academica) Bob Deshamais and Paul Narguizian Paul is from Cal State LA. He was hired as “Biology Educator” – he focuses on education. They are focusing on GE Biology – they have a plant and … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: SmartSciece and Virtual Labs

Charles Darwin as a young man, probably before the Gal├ípagos visit (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An Introduction to SmartScience and Virtual Labs Teaching Commons Robert Deshamais has been working on online labs since the 90s. He started building PC software and then moving it … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: What Inspired Me to Teach Online

What Inspired Me to Teach Online – by Bob Giacosie Evolution of a dynamic classroom. 1. Follow role models using the lecture method2. Entertaining questions from students and then using the socratic method       Students had to explain what … Continue reading

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Biology eAcademy: Preliminary Meeting

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) (Wikipedia) This week, I am at the California State University’s Biology eAcademy. We are meeting for three days. The eAcademys are basically mini-conferences getting facuty together from across the system to look at proven course redesign practices … Continue reading

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