The organizations listed below offer web-based educational resources within the Health Science Career Cluster. This list is provided as a resource for community college faculty. It is not exhaustive and inclusion does not constitute endorsement by CORD, the League for Innovation, the States Career Cluster Initiative or the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.
Nursing Education and Technology (NEAT)
In an effort to contribute to high quality, cost-effective, graduate level nursing education, a group of inter-institutional partners are working together to identify common teaching and learning challenges in distance health care education. An important goal of the project is to create learning objects, also called Sharable Content Objects or SCOs, and interactive case studies that are applicable across courses, contexts, and educational levels and are designed to meet the usability standards of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM).
http://webcls.utmb.edu/neat/ and http://NEATproject.org
Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative
The purpose of the center is to develop resources for the biomanufacturing community: facilitating annual workshops, establishing sustainable learning communities; developing educational pathways and articulation agreements; developing and adapting curricula and instructional materials; and providing professional development opportunities.
The Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) Project
A National Science Foundation Math-Science Partnership Project, the GENA Project involves a partnership of The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the Genetics Society of America (GSA), the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). The groups are building a framework for long-term collaborations between educators and scientists and a sustainable infrastructure to support meaningful outreach by scientists in the high school science classroom. The Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) Project provides the partnering scientific societies with tools to instruct, facilitate, and measure the meaningful engagement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty members in secondary science education. Although high school students are the intended audience, community college science faculty may find the project’s teaching resources on topics in genetics easily modified for the postsecondary classroom.
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
The Center is a National Science Foundation funded resource for undergraduate science education. Using the case study method for teaching science, the Center offers a broad collection of cases and related teaching materials for classroom use in the physical and life sciences.
Interactive map from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health depicting toxic releases and hazardous waste sites from the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).
BEDROCK: Bioinformatics Education
A National Science Foundation-funded initiative, the Bioquest Curriculum Consortium’s BEDROCK project efforts are aimed at integrating bioinformatics throughout the undergraduate biology curriculum, using an inquiry-based approach in which students explore and analyze actual data in a way that recreates the experience of conducting research. The project website offers teaching resources, including simulations, projects, and modeling software.
Bio-Link - The ATE Resource Center in Biotechnology
The Bio-Link Advanced Technological Education program was created to improve and expand educational programs that prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive the U.S. economy. Bio-Link enhances and expands biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by making use of technologies and by creating a system that promotes the sharing of information. Bio-Link offers an online curriculum and instructional materials clearinghouse, including resources such as career scenarios, book reviews, lab exercises.
Genetics Education Center
The University of Kansas Medical Center offers a collection of online resources for educators interested in genetics and the human genome project.
The Biology Project
The University of Arizona offers an online interactive resource for learning biology and related topics; most containing problem sets and tutorials.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Virtual Labs Series offers fully interactive biomedical laboratory simulations such as a bacterial identification lab, a cardiology lab, a neurophysiology lab and a virtual ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay). In addition, there are numerous other resources for teachers and students including videos of lecture series with classroom discussion guides, animations, and text materials.
The Molecular Workbench
This sophisticated model of the interactions among atoms and molecules was created by the Concord Consortium. Learning activities based on the model help clarify what is happening at the atomic level and have been used with all the sciences and engineering from middle school through college. Over 200 learning activities have been made and placed in a database for instructor use.
Biology Student Workbench
The Molecular Science Student Workbench is a bioinformatics resource that provides a suite of interactive tools which draw on a host of biology databases and allows users to compare molecular sequences using high performance computing facilities, visualize and manipulate molecular structures, and generate phylogenetic hypotheses. Educators will find bioinformatics exercises they can incorporate into their teaching, exercises that can be done on any computer with an internet connection.
Assessing Blood Pressure
This web-based learning object presents the proper techniques and common errors associated with taking blood pressure. While there is audio portion, the lesson itself must be read. Designed for new learners in clinical and health science programs, this tutorial was developed by medical staff from three universities with support from a commercial health care education provider.
This website from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was funded by the National Institutes of Health and offers a multimedia guide to cancer biology.
The eSkeletons Project
This website from the University of Texas at Austin is devoted to a virtual comparison of bones of humans and primates. Users can navigate through regions of the skeleton and view all elements along with muscle and joint formation.
National Consortium on Health Science and Technology and Education
A national partnership of individuals and organizations with a vested interest in health science and technology education, the Consortium’s efforts stimulate creative and innovative leadership for ensuring a well-prepared healthcare workforce.
This website, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education, allows students to explore careers in health and medical science.