Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is using the Internet to provide learning opportunities usually available only at top-tier colleges and universities. BCM aims to reach all students, particularly underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged students, at undergraduate institutions with limited resources.
BCM faculty and staff developed Genes, Health and Society—a bioscience and society course, available for credit and accessible online. The course is designed to build and increase student understanding of genetics and to provide insight into the promise of genomics for enhancing human health and health care delivery.
Key Results: BCM personnel, led by William Thomson, PhD, director of the Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies and professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine:
The course, available to registrants online, consists of three distinct modules that can be taken individually or collectively, for credit or certification of completion, and it is much broader in scope than originally planned.
The modules are:
Each module contains several sections including self-assessment questions, supplemental material and interactive simulations or "virtual experiments." Students can customize their learning experience by exploring topics of particular interest to them or by using specific modules as supplements to their existing coursework. The navigation system allows students to move freely among the modules—even working through two or more modules simultaneously.