Understanding Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, is a free online textbook form the NIH Curriculum Supplement Series. It discusses the term disease and differentiates infectious from non-infectious diseases. It contains a brief description of various pathogens. It also contains a brief description of host's defense mechanism in response to infections. It discusses the subject of vaccines, sanitation, drinking water, food safety, animal control.
Type of Material:
This learning resource is an open textbook.
The textbook can be used as supplemental reading for class work and homework. It can also be incorporated into lecture content. The vivid color photographs can be used for student presentations and instructor presentations.
The user will need a computer with Internet access and a web browser to use the resource.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
After reading the textbook, the user will be able to:
Differentiate infectious and non infectious diseases
Describe the causes and management of infectious diseases
Describes the concept of vaccination, bacterial resistance, food safety, and animal control
Discuss the importance of clean and protected drinking water
Target Student Population:
The target population could include high school students studying health, undergraduate biology students, and allied health students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Understandin of basic biology would be helpful to the learner, however, it is not a prerequisite.
The open textbook:
Is clear and concise
Provides a complete demonstration of the concept
Demonstrates a core concept grounded in the discipline
Is current and relevant
Is supported by appropriate research
Is self-contained (can be used without requiring an assignment or context)
Provides accurate information
Is flexible (can be used in several situations)
Includes an adequate amount of material
Summarizes the concept well
Integrates the concept well
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The open textbook:
Identifies prerequisite knowledge
Reinforces concepts progressively
Builds on prior concepts
Demonstrates relationships between concepts
Is easy to integrate into curriculum assignments
Is very efficient (could learn a lot in short time)
Can be used to measure student learning outcomes
Stated learning objectives would improve the textbook.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The learning resource is easy to use. It includes a glossary and a reference list.
The open textbook is not designed for universal access.
Other Issues and Comments:
Very useful book on infectious diseases for students who want to start off from the real beginning.
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