'Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases' is an online course supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) specifically geared towards 9 - 12 grade students. This course includes five (5) detailed activities focusing on Deadly Diseases Among Us, Disease Detectives, Superbugs: An Evolving Concern, Protecting the Hear, and Making Hard Decisions. A complete Teacher's Guide including downloadable PDF files and videos are included.
Type of Material:
The learning resource is an online course with complete learning package regarding the material: Teachers guide, student guide, objectives, correlations with standards, accessibility, videos, exercises, quizzes, readings.
This online course could be used as a teaching tool in any health course looking at infectious disease emergence and re-emergence. It could be used in class or as an individual assignment.
The technical requirements include current Web browsers with Quicktime and Flash installed, or a computer with a CD Rom drive for the non web version. Other specs are listed on the site:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
“Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases is designed to help students develop the following major goals associated with biological literacy:
To understand a set of basic scientific principles related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases,
To experience the process of inquiry and develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and methods of science, and
To recognize the role of science in society and the relationship between basic science and personal and public health.”
Target Student Population:
This online course would be appropriate for high school students in a health and wellness course as well as high school students in science courses that are interested in pursuing a health profession.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Pre-requisites include the textbook from provided list and basic biology vocabulary.
This online course includes detailed instructions on how to conduct five (5) activities looking specifically at infectious disease emergence and re-emergence. The content includes details on outbreaks, mystery diseases, immunity and vaccination effectiveness as well as detailed information on vaccination programs. Information is correlated to match standard curricula and National Science Education Standards. Additional resource web links are included as well as PDF files on a detailed Teacher's Guide and all activity files.It covers the content in depth, but in a concise form that is easy to read, watch, and comprehend.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The online course 'Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases' has a great potential effectiveness in delivering content and providing structured activities for learners to effectively process information on particular diseases, disease outbreaks, vaccinations/immunity and vaccination programs.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This online course is extremely easy to maneuver and navigate. The learner can easily access the video components and the teacher can easily access the activity modules and activity files. The layout of the site makes for reading the material effortless and key concepts are outlined and highlighted. The simulation and added visuals are pleasing to the eye and the additional website links are active and pertinent to the online course.
Some links for pdf accessibility information on side panels are outdated.
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