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ACS Grants Will Support High-Tech
Four Davidson scientists each recently received $2,500 grants
from the Associated Colleges of the South effort to develop high-tech
teaching materials and curricula that might be shared with other ACS
of Biology, Karen Bernd |
Bernd, assistant professor of biology, will integrate Web-based assignment
modules for her upper level Biology
308 cell biology course and laboratory next fall. She will employ
the Just-In-Time Teaching (JiTT) approach and WebAssign program, both
of which were developed by Wolfgang Christian of the
physics department. By providing
questions involving theory and application and instantaneous electronic
feedback to both students and faculty member, the materials she develops
are intended to allow more effective use of class time and increase
students' retention of material.
of Biology, Malcolm Campbell |
Campbell, assistant professor of biology, will work to further refine
web pages for his Genome Consortium for
Active Teaching (GCAT) that are already interactive and dynamic.
Campbell developed GCAT to bring functional genomic methods into undergraduate
curriculum. Genomics is the effort to discover and characterize the
estimated 70,000 human genes.
assistant professor of biology, will create a web-based system to help
students learn to recognize the calls of frogs and toads.
These "anuran" populations are a valuable indicator of the general
health of ecosystems, and the ability to monitor them is an increasingly
important ecological skill for students to learn. Dorcas' system will
improve upon existing audiotape systems by allowing students to select
only calls that occur in their geographic area, and by linking the sound
files to photographs and information such as the natural history and
breeding seasons of each species. Finally, an evaluation section will
give students on-line call identification quizzes, testing their skills
as they develop.
of Biology, Michael Dorcas in the field with
associate professor of physics, and Greta Munger,
assistant professor of psychology,
plan to develop a variety of experiences involving sounds to share with
students the breadth of the aural world. From teaching previous courses
on the physics of sound and the psychology of sound, they have
discovered a great deal of overlap in the type of interactive
demonstrations they would like to provide for students. Boye has
already done some work at putting sound files on the web, but the two
professors would like to develop web-based exercises that include
manipulation of more complex sounds like chords and orchestral timbre.
That work will require creation of java language tools for manipulating
sounds, as well as documentation. They hope to engage students in a wide
range of physics and psychology courses that touch on the sound or sound
perception in the exploration of how it is that we hear things.
|Assistant Professor of Physics,
Dan Boye and an advisee |
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