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Web Lessons

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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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


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Segregation of Genes: The Plant Breeder's Method of Predicting the Future

Abstract
The principle of segregation is a foundational concept taught in introductory biology and genetics courses. This lesson i an online learning environment designed to enhance the student’s ability to work with and apply the concept of segregation to a plant breeding context. This learning environment includes video clips which transport the learner to the wheat field to meet a plant breeder working with their segregating plants and meet a contemporary who applies a virtual Punnett square explanation to the variation observed in the breeder’s wheat plants. Additional media integrated into the lesson design create the opportunity to practice the application of these biology principles in plant breeding.

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Introduction to Plant Breeding Learning Activity: Soybean

Abstract
This activity discusses the basic process used in a traditional breeding program. Crossing, genetic variation, selection and elements of DNA technology are discussed within this activity. The material is aimed toward high school or introductory life science undergraduate students. There is a quiz based “breeder's notebook” feature, which gives students opportunities to apply their new knowledge in other scenarios.

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Perennial Grass Growth and Development

Abstract
Central to the management of perennial grasses in traditional range and pasture and advanced biomass energy production systems is having a firm understanding of how grasses grow and develop. In this lesson module, you will learn about physiology, growth, and development of perennial grasses through animation, text, and video. It will discuss grass seed structures and functions, the process of grass seedling establishment, morphological structures of grasses once they are established, and how perennial grasses grow. This module is written for beginning agronomy, plant science, and natural resource ecology and management students and will be useful for advanced high school students or introductory-level undergraduates. Extension audiences wishing to learn more about perennial grasses will also find the lesson helpful.


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