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Assignment: Generate Learning Objectives (June 22)

Course Information: MBioS 101 (partial text from Assignment #2)

a.      General Info: MBioS 101 (Introduction to Microbiology online) is an online version of an on-campus course used by non-science majors as their wet lab biology course. This course is also the pre-nursing microbiology requirement, covering a breadth of topics with less depth than MBioS 305. It clearly steers away from microbial physiology.  Students in the online version complete many inquiry-based exercises while using the text as a source for working vocabulary.  All students visit the campus for a one-weekend laboratory experience, making this course a hybrid of online and face-to-face content.  I am currently renovating this course.

b.     Constraints: MBioS 101-online has an on-campus course that drives much of the content decisions as it is a larger group of students. Given the format difference, there’s some freedom established with agreement with regard to the learning objectives.  As this course is online, the educational activities are constrained in the online format of content delivery and assessment, but there are also more inquiry-based activities than the on-campus course.  I feel less constrained here by student and program stakeholder expectations.

c.       Hope to learn in MBioS 101-online

                                                   i.      Introduce general scientific principles for all students

                                                 ii.      Think critically about information available to the with regard to infection

                                                iii.      Understand the benefits and hazards of host-microbe interactions.

                                               iv.      Gain exposure to laboratory assays to better understand clinical tests


Course Objectives: (written by faculty member teaching on-campus course)

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the unseen world of microbes and the biology of these minute organisms.
  2. See how microbes impact many aspects of our lives, including some that are unexpected.
  3. Use this insight to better understand medically- and environmentally-relevant issues where microbes are involved allowing students to make informed decisions about their chose professions, health care and local environmental issues.
  4. Develop background to foster life-long interest in this scientific area.



Course-ending, critical-thinking essay (students respond to prompts in writing a final essay as the final assignment of the course)

  • Reflect on what they have learned throughout the course (Part 1 of 3)

Learning Objectives:

  Students should be able to:

o   Utilize learned terminology and use it correctly

o   Demonstrate detailed knowledge about several concepts covered in course beyond knowledge they had when entering the course

§  Inventory what they knew at beginning

§  Identify gains

o   Review integration of facts to conceptual map

§  Identify relationships in a number of areas

o   Cite several applications of knowledge during the course (such as a discussion with family or peers, change in the way they approach cleaning products, etc.)

o   Demonstrate knowledge of varied roles of microbes in at least 3 unique environments, from pathogens to beneficial organisms

o   Analyze their learning experience

§  Compare to other courses

§  Compare online course to other courses

§  Gain insight into their own learning strengths and challenges

§  Improve their learning overall

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