This week, I was curious about what resources had been uploaded to CWIS that might help instructors to meet the GEC learning outcome regarding the link between science and technology, specifically how to, "...describe the inter-dependence of scientific and technological developments.” Upon browsing the resources in the database using that outcome to narrow the search, I found an intriguing resource entitled, "How to Sequence a Genome." The synopsis described the resource as a collection of 13 videos all involving the human genome project and the methods behind the sequencing required for this project.
As I watched the video sequence, I appreciated that captions were provided, as I could pause the video and read the transcript if I needed any additional time to digest the content. I also appreciated the option to read the video transcripts in full without the video. The animations were clean and informative, and the process of genome sequencing was described in a way that should be easily understood. I did not like that there was no “rewind” function, and each video had to be fully reloaded in order to view the content a second time. That said, I felt that this was a very informative sequence of video that, if I were teaching an intro course in biology, my students could watch outside of class in preparation for in-class active learning.
As an aside, I would also recommend this resource to instructors seeking items to address the 1113 learning outcome that students will, "Apply biological concepts in the assessment of contemporary issues," as a number of contemporary issues are directly addressed within this resource (Human Genome Project, human disease, etc.).
Be sure to look for the CWIS resource “Example supplemental questions for the Genome.gov Online Education Kit: How to Sequence a Genome” for some ideas to generate critical thinking and discussion among your students after watching these videos.