[ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology ~ Thanks!

2012-06-06 Thread Johnson, David R
Hello Everyone , I want to thank all the folks who responded to my question regarding how best to design a non-major's biology course. I received a total of 52 responses (both via Ecolog but also direct to my inbox) which included many thoughtful comments on general approaches to non-majors

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-29 Thread Carrie DeJaco
I have taught my non-majors bio course for the past several years covering subjects that they are likely to encounter in life and, in the course of that, I manage to cover a little bit of most aspects of biology while also showing the students how it is relevant to their life and why it is

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-29 Thread Cynthia Ross
I am considering teaching science as a career option. I want children (and adults) to be as excited about science as I am so this discussion interests me greatly. I agree with Ms. Dejaco's approach of covering the important basics, filling in with some detail, and illustrating relevance.

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-29 Thread Erica Marx (Van Etten)
Hi David, I teach an online non-majors biology course and have been receiving very positive feedback from the students about how much they learn and their engagement with the material. My main strategies are: 1. Create a few larger assignments that build upon each other and for which the

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread Tamara Cushing
Shevtsov [jane@gmail.com] Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 11:31 PM To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology What disciplines other than engineering have departmental accreditation at the undergraduate level? Jane On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM, malcolm McCallum

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread karen golinski
, MC 066 845 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607hpu...@uic.edu --- On Fri, 5/25/12, Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu wrote: From: Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:49

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread CHELSEA LYNN TEALE
Instead of addressing actual curriculum (except to say I agree cellular/microbiology is a turn-off for the majority of non-biologists), I want to emphasize context through interaction with off-campus scientists and current events. Biology majors already know how the subject relates to them but

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread Borrett, Stuart
...@uic.edu --- On Fri, 5/25/12, Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu wrote: From: Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:49 PM Greetings, I am teaching a contemporary biology course for non

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread David Inouye
I've had good feedback from students in my ecology and conservation biology classes about spending the first few minutes of each class on some story in the news that relates to the class. Comments from the students suggested that they appreciated my effort to show them how the material they

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread Francisco Borrero
Hi all, I have read this listserv for a good while but have never wrote until now. I already deleted several of the previous emails so I don¹t remember who said what. However. I want to make two points: 1- Somebody suggested that a list of suggested topics were more appropriate in an

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread Warren W. Aney
Of Francisco Borrero Sent: Monday, 28 May, 2012 08:06 To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology Hi all, I have read this listserv for a good while but have never wrote until now. I already deleted several of the previous emails so I don¹t remember who said what. However

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread Hamazaki, Hamachan (DFG)
This subject all boils down to a simple question Why do I have to study (any) subjects that are boring, irrelevant, a turn-off, and learn little from them? That's what every school age children ask their parents and educators. Now, educators are asking Why do I have to teach subjects that

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-28 Thread David L. McNeely
June _Scientific American_ has an excellent article that very effectively relates microbiology to the lives of students. It considers the ecology of human symbiotic microbes. More microbiology of this kind, and less memorization of how microbial cells metabolize could be quite meaningful in a

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread Dixon, Mark
[ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] On Behalf Of Emily Pollina [ec...@cornell.edu] Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:20 AM To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology Hi! That sounds like a very interesting course. I definitely understand the struggle. I taught a non-majors

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread Helena Puche
...@uic.edu --- On Fri, 5/25/12, Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu wrote: From: Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:49 PM Greetings, I am teaching a contemporary biology course for non-science

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread Bill Maher
in the last 40 years than all the other economics courses put together. That's my two cents worth. - Original Message - From: Emily Pollina ec...@cornell.edu To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:20 AM Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology Hi! That sounds

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread Thomas R Rosburg
...@windstream.net] Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 10:33 AM To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology Good morning, I'm not an ecologist, biologist or any other type of natural science type -- I'm a 63-year-old news editor who has been visiting this and other sites to understand

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread Bill Hilton Jr. (RESEARCH)
...@uic.edu --- On Fri, 5/25/12, Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu wrote: From: Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:49 PM Greetings, I am teaching a contemporary biology course

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread Judith S. Weis
...@uic.edu --- On Fri, 5/25/12, Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu wrote: From: Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology To: ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:49 PM Greetings, I am teaching a contemporary biology course for non

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-27 Thread malcolm McCallum
Professor University of Illinois at Chicago Biological Sciences, 3464 SES, MC 066 845 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607hpu...@uic.edu --- On Fri, 5/25/12, Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu wrote: From: Johnson, David R drjohns...@utep.edu Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-26 Thread Emily Pollina
Hi! That sounds like a very interesting course. I definitely understand the struggle. I taught a non-majors class on climate change last fall, and I had similar difficulty in setting the syllabus- it's hard to know what to cover when you know your class is perhaps the last and only biology (or

Re: [ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-26 Thread malcolm McCallum
A non-majors biology course is intended to provide an overview of the entire field. A majors biology course is intended to prepare majors for courses they will later take. Therefore, you want to make sure you touch on the major issues in biology, but don't get too hung up on technicalities and

[ECOLOG-L] Non-Majors Biology

2012-05-25 Thread Johnson, David R
Greetings, I am teaching a contemporary biology course for non-science majors in the fall and for the first time I am fortunate to be able to organize the course at my discretion. Effectively, I can present any material I wish as long as I hit broad themes such as Cell Theory and Evolution.