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Accessibility: Disabilities Treasure Hunt
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This is a treasure hunt game that simulates various disabilities and gives a sense of how frustrating non-accessible content can be for people with disabilities. Suitable for a general audience, no programming experience necessary.
An editable copy is also given, along with ideas about how to make it more accessible.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Kletenik, Devorah
Date Added:
01/01/2021
Air Pollution [Liberal Arts: Math and Science/Natural Science]
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This assignment was designed for students in the pathways introductory chemistry class and the first year seminar and aligns with the Inquiry and Problem Solving core competency. In this context, there is a focus on framing the issues (identifies and/or addresses questions and problems), evidence gathering (assembles, reviews and synthesizes evidence from several diverse sources), evidence (analyze the data to address the questions posed) and conclusions (critical thinking, reflect on the outcomes, draw conclusions and generate new knowledge). There is also a Global Learning component based on comparing data collected locally with corresponding data from other locations or countries. The assignment includes the written communication ability with a focus on "Content Development and Organization," as well as the clarity of the communication and its purpose. The overall aim of this assignment is to enhance students' conceptual learning and understanding of key issues related to society as well as their course. This assignment was developed as part of a LaGuardia Global Learning mini-grant and CUNY Experiential Learning and Research in the Classroom mini-grants.
The assignment will be scaffolded over about 3 weeks and is worth about 10% of the final grade.
To further increase the success of this assignment, instructors might want to consider the following: Use class discussions to focus on the relevance and importance of conceptual learning. In order to improve the data analysis aspect, incorporating class demonstrations of how to conduct the analysis and guide discussions about what the data means. Giving students more detailed rubrics with formal expectations of the requirements of the assignments, particularly in the written format Find ways to increase student participation in class discussions.
When this assignment has been utilized in previous semesters, students clearly displayed the capability to relate the co-curricular experiences in the data collection and its analysis to concepts and ideas covered during class. Evidence for this came from very dynamic and interactive class discussions based on air pollution as well as from the output of the written assignment, in which students were able to relate the nature, sources and chemical properties of the pollutants to their impact on the environment, health and society in general.
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Global Learning based on comparing pollutant levels around the LaGuardia campus with those in other locations or countries. It is also an IPS assignment, incorporating scientific literacy and thinking, as students need to analyze the data, interpret it and reflect on the outcomes.
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Identify and apply fundamental chemical concepts and methods. Gather, analyze, and interpret data.
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Explore the complex connections between chemistry and society. Apply chemical principles to real world issues, including ethical aspects. Gather, analyze, and interpret data.
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Students collect and analyze the data, interpret the results in terms of pollution levels, safety and ethics and compare with EPA standard levels and with levels in other countries.
Outside the classroom events will be organized for data collection. There will be class and group-based discussions focused on the data, its analysis and the connections to society.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
Statistics and Probability
Chemistry
Physical Geography
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Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
LaGuardia Community College
Author:
Alberts, Ian
Date Added:
10/01/2018
Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
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This is the laboratory component of Anatomy & Physiology I. The concepts covered range from anatomical terminology, directional terms, body orientation to exercises on tissues, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Olufemi Sodeinde
Date Added:
10/18/2019
Anatomy and Human Physiology Lab II
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This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. It covers the study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive and endocrine system, as well as development, metabolism, electrolytes and acid base balance.

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Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Ralph Alcendor
Date Added:
12/10/2018
Anatomy and Physiology
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This is the open educational resource for BIO2311: Anatomy & Physiology I. This site provides all you will need for the course including a syllabus, link to the textbook, lecture notes, assignments, and all other related resources.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Debbie Priftakis
Date Added:
12/10/2018
Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture
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This course is the first part of the two semester course of Anatomy and Physiology. It integrates the anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs and human body systems, It includes the study of the gross and microscopic structure of the systems of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. It is based on OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology book and is supplemented by content from the Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initative) and Boundless Physiology Open Book.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Judyta Juranek
Date Added:
10/18/2019
BIO 013: Writing in the Sciences - Evolutionary Themes, syllabus
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The Syllabus for Bio. 013, Writing in the Sciences - Evolutionary Themes, is a College Writing 2 course that develops student skill in science writing for different audiences: Scientists writing for themselves (the Field journal); Scientists writing for other scientists (the Review article); and Scientists writing for students/ society ( an Essay for a periodical that utilizes analogy/metaphor). To inform this writing, students read and discuss Darwin's original works and the writings of more contemporary evolutionary theorists, including E. Mayr and S.J. Gould. This course is appropriate for incoming students as well as more advanced biology students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Queens College
Author:
Muehlbauer, Esther
Date Added:
06/14/2021
BIO 3004 Videos Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network (REMNet)
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Welcome to the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network (REMNet) videos for Biology 3004. Here you will learn how you can incorporate next-generation microbiome sequencing into your biology course curriculum.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Lesson
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Tutorial
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Amy Wolfe
REMNet (Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network)
Date Added:
03/09/2020
BIOL 4001: Field Botany
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Since we live in an urban environment with many trees, shrubs, and flower plantings this course is designed so that each student will always be able to walk down the street and have some familiarity with their environs. To that end, each student will learn to identify approximately 50-60 trees and shrubs and know them by their common name, scientific name and family, as well as some annuals and perennials commonly used as bedding plants. Students will learn some basic the botanical concepts, which are used in, plant identification, such as botanical structural features used in phylogeny and taxonomy of plants. In addition to this, students will get an overview of the ecological and economic aspects specific to urban botany.

Subject:
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Bibliography
Diagram/Illustration
Student Guide
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Amy Wolfe
Anna Petrovicheva
Date Added:
06/02/2021
Bioinformatics II Lab
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This course is a continuation of Bioinformatics I. Topics include gene expression, microarrays, next- generation sequencing methods, RNA-seq, large genomic projects, protein structure and stability, protein folding, and computational structure prediction of proteins; proteomics; and protein-nucleic acid interactions. The lab component includes R-based statistical data analysis on large datasets, introduction to big data analysis tools, protein visualization software, internet-based tools and high-level programming languages.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Eugenia Giannopoulou
Date Added:
10/18/2019
Biological Foundations I
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This is a syllabus for a first-semester introductory biology class, including reading links for current news articles related to the course topics as well as an OpenStax textbook.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Firooznia, Fardad
Date Added:
01/01/2020
Biology: Inquiry-Based Learning Assignment
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Students perform a literature review on a biology topic, choose 2-3 papers published in scientific journals to discuss in their assignment, provide a final opinion on the topic, and some voluntarily present on their selected topic.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
LaGuardia Community College
Author:
Gupta, Richa
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Biomedical Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research
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This course is an introduction to the moral challenges that arise in the design and execution of biomedical research and the development of medical interventions. A historical review segues into detailed examination of key ethical concepts and principles, as well as topics of particular concern. At the culmination of the semester, students apply their knowledge of research ethics to an ethical analysis of their MTM BioDesign projects.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Law
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Mendis, Katherine
Date Added:
08/23/2019
CASD 1114 Survey of Speech, Language, and Communication Disorders (Boldis)
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Survey of speech, language, and communication disorders for educators. Consideration of varied disorders that might be encountered in educational settings; application to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This course is an overview of speech, language, and hearing disorders. It will investigate the impact of communication on children with developmental disabilities and enable non-specialists to work effectively with this population. Throughout this course, we will consider a range of problems (i.e. neurological and physiological disabilities), as well as applications to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Special Education
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Speaking and Listening
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Bibliography
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Allison Boldis
Amy Wolfe
Date Added:
03/05/2021