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Courses At A Glance:

Each course equals 2 staff development credits (for Iowa residents only) or 1 graduate credit.  The online courses are for high school teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth and adult audiences about the ethical issues surrounding biotechnology.  The courses require a minimum of 15 hours online, plus an additional 15 hours of reading, writing, and research.  Course participants will be introduced to influential moral theories as tools to evaluate ethical arguments about biotechnology.  All class work can be done on participants' home computers.  The courses incorporate case studies for participants to experience and evaluate for use in their own classrooms.  There will be extensive online discussion with other educators.  By the end of each course, participants will be able to critically discuss and teach others about some moral issues surrounding particular biotechnologies.  The ethics background learned also can be applied to other topics in the curriculum.  Course instructed by Dr. Kristen Hessler, Iowa State University, and offered in cooperation with Area Education Agency 11, Johnston, Iowa, and Iowa State University, Ames.  Each course is limited to 20 participants.

Tuition:

Iowa State University graduate (one credit):   $330
Two Staff development (two credits, Iowa residents only):    $20

Course Content Preview:

Courses are available for high school teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth and adult audiences about the issues surrounding biotechnology. Each module requires a minimum of 15 hours online, plus an additional 15 hours of reading, writing, and research.

Evaluation and assignments:
In addition to the activity report in the topics module, and the lesson plan or other educational activity, participants will be evaluated on their participation in course discussions. 

Discussions:
Discussions are asynchronous, meaning that participants post messages to discussion lists.  This is a lot like using a bulletin board. The advantage of this is that participants do not have to find a time when everyone can log in all at once.  However, because exchange of ideas is so important, participants will have to be working on the same topics at roughly the same time.  It is not possible, therefore, for participants to work entirely at their own pace, for example by doing all coursework in the first few days of the course or by leaving all coursework until the end.  Therefore, it is imperative that you be able to participate in the discussions on a regular basis during the course.  If you have questions about whether the course will be flexible enough for your purposes, please contact the course instructor (see "Contacts" below).

Important Dates:
Login information will be mailed to participants the Friday before the course is scheduled to begin.  Participants are encouraged to login as soon as they can thereafter in order to familiarize themselves with WebCT and begin to "meet" their colleagues.

Resources:
eLearner: This site will help you decide if you're ready for an online course.
WebCT's computer and browser requirements.

Online Registration

Contacts:
For more information about course content, e-mail Dr. Kristen Hessler at khessler@iastate.edu.  To register for the course, contact Lori Miller, ISU Office of Biotechnology, e-mail lorimill@iastate.edu.


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Last Update 01/18/06