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Wednesday, 30th July 2008

BEN Scholars Learn to Use Digital Libraries, Share Lessons Back at Own Institutions

From the announcement:

Biological sciences educators are feeling a strain. As biology content rapidly changes, courses surge with diverse students, and teaching methods lean more toward inquiry-based, less lecture-style instruction, educators need more than a textbook. In an initiative coordinated by AAAS, professional societies and coalitions are providing digital libraries with peer-reviewed teaching materials and professional development activities for biological sciences professors to meet the growing need for additional biology education content and resources.

The BioSciEdNet (BEN) portal contains links to more than 11,000 peer-reviewed resources in digital libraries of 24 collaborators, including figures for PowerPoint slides and overheads, scientific articles, lesson plans and strategies and animations. The BEN portal and digital libraries funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation can be searched by keywords, age group of the students and resource type. The portal spans at least 77 biology topics, such as microbiology, genetics, ecology, physiology, and botany.


Source: AAAS


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