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October, 2009:

Genome Island: A Virtual Science Environment in Second Life

Genome Island: A Virtual Science Environment in Second Life
Mary Anne Clark

Mary Anne Clark describes the organization and uses of Genome Island, a virtual laboratory complex constructed in Second Life. Genome Island was created for teaching genetics to university undergraduates but also provides a public space where anyone interested in genetics can spend a few minutes, or a few hours, interacting with genetic objects—from simple experiments with peas to the organization of whole genomes. Each of the approximately four dozen activities available in the island’s various areas includes background information, model objects with data sets, and suggestions for data analysis. The island also has a presentation theater, an indoor conference setting, and separate meeting spaces suitable for small group conversations. Clark describes some of the activities available on the island, offers advice for their use, and discusses the results of a pilot project that identified some pedagogical and technical challenges arising in this virtual setting.

Link: http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=562 (article requires free registration)

Link: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Genome/118/145/53 (Second Life location)

How to Write Course Standards Based on Objectives

How to Write Course Standards Based on Objectives
Janie Sullivan

The article How to Write Course Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy mentioned course standards, which are how the learning is measured. This article will explain how to tie those standards to the objectives.

Read the full guide at the link below…

Link: http://www.ehow.com/how_4661726_write-course-standards-based-objectives.html

How to Create Course Objectives Using Bloom's Taxonomy

How to Create Course Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy
Janie Sullivan

There are six levels of thinking, according to Benjamin Bloom, who developed the concept of higher order thinking levels in 1956. Those levels (lowest to highest) are Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. Each level of thinking should be considered when creating the learning objectives or outcomes of a course.

A course objective is what the student should be able to do upon completion of the course. A good objective will match the academic level of the course and will clearly state what is expected of the student.

Read the full guide at the link below…

Link: http://www.ehow.com/how_4646973_course-objectives-using-blooms-taxonomy.html

RadioJames Objectives Builder

RadioJames Objectives Builder is an online, web-interface tool that instructors can use to help them compose a list of course objectives. It follows the concept of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Link: http://www.radiojames.com/ObjectivesBuilder/

Organizing Your Online Course for Maximum Effect

Organizing your online course for maximum effect
Janie Sullivan

If you are going to deliver a course online, it helps to have a plan in place for organizing that course so both you and your students have the best possible experience. You will need to explore ways to present the class format, content, syllabus, time line, use of technology, assessments, and evaluations. This article will help you put together a comprehensive organization plan for any online course, making the delivery of that course as smooth as possible.

Link: http://www.examiner.com/x-19260-Phoenix-Online-Lea…