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Costa, Manuel Joao – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
Student-centered education is in the air. It is present in many reform agendas for higher education across every discipline and is shortlisted as an important goal for teaching and learning in many reports and recommendations of professional agencies and scientific societies. There is wide consensus that moving from teacher-centered to…
Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Learner Engagement, Higher Education, Science Instruction
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Parslow, Graham R. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
The author of this commentary states that, except for the scale, there is little novel about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) because distance teaching courses have featured the same elements for many years. He notes the extreme view that MOOCs will destroy established universities, but asserts that this is a variation on doomsday predictions…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Education, Distance Education, Science Instruction
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Herraez, Angel; Costa, Manuel Joao – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
Several contributions in "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education" have highlighted the role of visualization tools and the importance of developing students' visual literacy in biochemistry education. In this forum, the authors suggest that more focus is needed on the assessment of student learning, and they advance…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Visual Literacy, Alignment (Education), Student Evaluation
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Costa, Manuel Joao – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
The importance of posing the best questions in research studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) is undisputed. Researchers may spend long hours reflecting and discussing with colleagues how to improve a certain question they have in mind. The best questions are always original, grounded in the existing literature and feasible to be…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Student Centered Curriculum, College Science
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Taylor, Ann T. S. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
Most biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology classes have extensive prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, often including introductory chemistry, introductory biology, and organic chemistry coursework. But what is the function of these prerequisites? While it seems logical that a basic understanding of biological and…
Descriptors: Prerequisites, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology
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Parslow, Graham R. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
A well-researched report has listed the technologies that should increasingly feature in teaching. It is projected that in the coming year there will be increased use of cloud computing, mobile applications, social exchanges, and tablet computing. The New Media Consortium (NMC) that produced the report is an international association of…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Handheld Devices, Computer Mediated Communication
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Parslow, Graham R. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
The current spurt in life science activity in China has been driven by repatriating researchers trained in the prestigious institutions of the world. China's publications show a clear concentration in the physical sciences and technology, with materials science, chemistry, and physics predominant. Also clear is that the growth areas include…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Scientific Research, Researchers
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Parslow, Graham R. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2012
The biochemistry course at Stanford Medical School has been redesigned to incorporate online lectures. The Stanford instructors provide short online presentations then use class time for interactive discussions of clinical vignettes to highlight the biochemical basis of various diseases. Contemporary video capture equipment makes video lectures…
Descriptors: Vignettes, Video Technology, Biochemistry, Blended Learning
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Klymkowsky, Michael W.; Cooper, Melanie M. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2012
There is a growing acknowledgement that STEM education, at all levels, is not producing learners with a deep understanding of core disciplinary concepts. A number of efforts in STEM education reform have focused on the development of "student-centered" active learning environments, which, while believed to be more effective, have yet to be widely…
Descriptors: Science Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Scientific Concepts
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Parslow, Graham R. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2012
Teaching by night and reflecting on a subject by day is the way that Salman Khan sees education evolving in the age of online lectures. Khan believes he is onto something in what he styles the "flipped classroom." In Khan's view, there is no need for students to be divided into grades by age. Instead, they should learn at their own pace, moving on…
Descriptors: Homework, Video Technology, Lecture Method, Science Instruction
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Costa, Manuel Joao; Sandars, John – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2012
The ultimate goal of "student-centered" education is to empower students to learn beyond educational programs. This means nurturing students' autonomy and fostering the development of their own motivation and mechanisms to become self-directed learners. This idea has been embodied in the "lifelong learning" mantra that pervades contemporary views…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Lifelong Learning, Learning Processes, Biochemistry
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Rowland, Susan L. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2012
In this article, the author provides information about the Australian education landscape and discusses three articles that focus on innovative laboratory teaching programs. Each of the articles presents a novel laboratory teaching mechanism that has evolved to successfully address a perceived weakness or problem in the laboratory program. It…
Descriptors: Laboratory Training, Laboratories, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry
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Loertscher, Jennifer – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2011
The science teaching community is currently in the midst of a major shift from traditional, lecture-based teaching approaches to student-centered approaches that emphasize inquiry, cooperative learning, and development of a broad range of transferrable skills. These changes demand substantial curricular reform. One way to support the collective…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Biochemistry
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White, Harold B. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2011
The author and other teaching faculty take pride in their ability to write creative and challenging examination questions. Their self-assessment is based on experience and their knowledge of their subject and discipline. Although their judgment may be correct, it is done usually in the absence of deep knowledge of what is known about the…
Descriptors: Test Items, Community Colleges, Molecular Biology, College Faculty
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Parslow, Graham R. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2011
It was deeply ingrained in the author from his undergraduate studies of psychology and courses in learning theory that people have a rational left brain and a creative right brain. Learning theory suggested that activities needed to be tailored to develop both hemispheres. Handedness in relation to abilities has been commented on from the 1800s by…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Handedness, Physicians
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