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Peer Reviewed Web Lessons/Learning Activities (PRWL, Web Lessons) are a category of refereed scholarly publication in Natural Sciences Education (NSE). A Web Lesson approved for publication will have a published Abstract that describes the educational objectives of the lesson, and has the right to include the NSE seal of approval on the Web Lesson website.

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Quality Seal of Approval


A Web Lesson approved for publication has the right to include the NSE "seal of approval" on the Web Lesson website. The seal assures users that the lesson/learning activity has undergone the rigors of a comprehensive, journal article-style review by at least three outside peer reviewers -- one reviewer will have a subject matter expertise relevant to the lesson; the second will have teaching experience in the subject; and the third will have distance teaching/web delivery expertise.


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Sample Web Lessons Published in NSE



Cellular Absorption of Herbicides

Herbicides are effective because they each target a specific metabolic pathway in plants. In order for a herbicide to kill a plant, it must first be absorbed by the plant's leaves or roots.

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Soil Genesis and Development, Lesson 1: Rocks, Minerals, and Soils

Most soil parent materials were rocks at some time in their history. The minerals in rocks may contribute to soil fertility and other soil properties long after the original rock is gone. Consequently, it is a valuable skill to be able to identify broad categories of rock. This lesson will discuss igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and the minerals found in them. The lesson will also provide opportunities for students to identify rocks based on given characteristics.

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