Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications Orientation

This web seminar took place on March 13, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Dr. Eric Lander, Founding Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director of Professional Programs and Conferences at NSTA; Dr. Al Byers, Assistant Executive Director of e-Learning and Government Partnerships at NSTA; and Flavio Mendez, Senior Director of the NSTA Learning Center. In this seminar Dr. Lander provided welcoming remarks, Ms. Miller and Dr. Byers introduced participants to NSTA’s collaboration with MIT, and Mr. Mendez showed participants how to make best use of NSTA’s pedagogical support components for MIT’s open course Introduction to Biology — The Secret of Life.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

Mr. Mendez talked about NSTA’s resources that are focused on helping educators understand the teaching implications related to the subject matter in the MITx course Introduction to Biology — The Secret of Life. Mr. Mendez covered the four elements related to the course:

  • Three pedagogical-focused web seminars by NSTA Press authors with MIT professors
  • A collection of digital resources for teaching the concepts to your students
  • Moderated community discussion forum on biological pedagogy
  • An optional pedagogical certificate to showcase teachers’ knowledge via this open course

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “The resources are very valuable. I enjoyed the interaction and the help from people from all around the world that are interested and want to promote and evolve this amazing area of biology and teaching.”
  • “I am excited about the MIT course and look forward to learning how to use the resources at NSTA for collaboration more effectively.”
  • “I definitely learned more about the resources available to me through NSTA and became much more comfortable in using the web site.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Underwritten by the GE Foundation