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Instructor's notes and plans for class[edit | edit source]

Course Goals[edit | edit source]

  1. A new, and somewhat experimental, course
  2. Examine genetics from the genomic and metagenomic perspective.
  3. => Learn to do genetics with enormously more data
  4. Learn to cope with vast amounts of data
  5. Learn to evaluate and access information sources
  6. Do all of the above in a highly collaborative and open manner, while using the instructor and textbook as resources.
  7. Together, by the end of the semester, we will have built a website that documents all of our contributions to understanding genetics and genomics

Course structure[edit | edit source]

  1. The Wikipedia model: (1) Wikipedia as a universal information source, (2) Learning through collaborative editing.
  2. Everything you learn goes on the course wiki
  3. Everything on the wiki can be edited by others
  4. Your course grade is determined by your portfolio of contributions in class and on the wiki

Expectations[edit | edit source]

Grading[edit | edit source]

Getting started[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Wikia[edit | edit source]

Guide to the Wiki Content Sections[edit | edit source]

Required vs. Optional sections

Required sections[edit | edit source]

  1. Class Notes
  2. Concepts and Jargon
  3. Genetic Studies
  4. Genomic Studies
  5. Metagenomic Studies
  6. Online resources (databases, web sites, blogs, Twitter feeds)
  7. Personal pages
  8. Student-generated questions and proposed solutions
  9. Textbook problems and solutions
  10. YFG: Your Favorite Gene
  11. Wikipedia Page evaluations

Optional sections[edit | edit source]

  1. Biographies of geneticists and genome scientists
  2. Book, film and video reviews
  3. Current news evaluations
  4. Humor for genetics geeks
  5. Textbook issues, corrections and updates

Introduction to the textbook[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Evernote[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Twitter[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Geneious[edit | edit source]

Assignments[edit | edit source]

  1. Do everything listed in the Getting Started section
  2. Create (if necessary) the following pages on the course wiki, and collaboratively edit them to provide a clear and scientifically-accurate sentence or short paragraph defining the topic. Be prepared to discuss these topics in class on Wednesday. | Biochemistry | Biodiversity | Bioinformatics | Gene | Genetics | Genetic map | Genotype | Genomics | Genome | Metagenome | Phenotype | Selection |
  3. Read Chapter 1 of the textbook

Student notes[edit | edit source]

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