“Online Biology Book” is a collection of lecture notes for an introductory biology class. Overall this text is a collection of lecture notes that covers the material one would learn in an introductory college level biology class. The text also contains simulations that introduce the user to many of the more difficult concepts.
Type of Material:
The material in this module could be used for in class work, homework and as a general reference. Students who have little science experience may find this text easier to read and comprehend compared to other current or more advanced text books.
Browser. QuickTime or Flash Player will also be useful.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Target Student Population:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
User must have basic computer skills and the ability to navigate and use the internet.
A current and complete text that covers most of the key concepts in a non-majors general biology course.
Contains images for most of the processes.
The writing is a bit general and does not follow specific examples, but is more encyclopedic.
Some animations or links out of the site would be useful.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
A useful free resource for universities and students.
Could be used with most courses.
Embedded questions would help students apply their understanding to answer the questions.
A common theme for a chapter would also help students see the application of the concepts.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Easy to navigate table of contents
Terms are links to an online glossary
More links to external sites within the text would be helpful.
There are broken links within the text.
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