AN EXPERIENCE IN GENETIC ENGINEERING USING THE “CIBER-GENETICA” BLOG
1 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (MEXICO)
2 Universidad de Valencia (SPAIN)
3 Universidad de Chile (CHILE)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The “Ciber- Genetica” blog (http://ciber-genetica.blogspot.com/) was constructed with the aim to support different courses related to genetics. The blog help oneself as a platform to provide Biotechnology information to Genetic Engineering students at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, during the period between August to late November. The blog provided a useful tool to encourage students to deepen the topics covered in class. The information at the Blog was updated every day. The students could also accede the material reviewed in class such as videos and power point presentations.
The blog contains links to several journals associated with research and classes in Genetics and Biotechnology, as well as health sciences. The blog also contain RSS subscriptions, which are widely appreciated and used by the ones that are more interested in genetics realm. But more importantly, RSS allows this blog to be re-purposed in other ways across the Internet, thereby giving a blog the potential to reach well beyond the immediate links above, and thereby exposing them to larger audiences. The blogs can be reposted on other websites and subscribed to in RSS readers, such as Google Reader (which is the one used by us).
The students are invited to write a summary of a paper directly related with the course and we post that abstract as well as the link to the original journal. The reason of this is that students of Biotechnology required some new writing skills, and with this new medium can generate creative and new depths of communication. If they cannot write a coherent sentence and paragraph, then they will not be able to effectively communicate in the real world when they graduate. You cannot gain professional respect unless you are able to write to the level of your professional peers.
A great advantage of blogging as a teaching tool is that students can log on at different times from different places other than with their teacher. This gives a student a chance to reflect on posts, do research and respond once they have time to do so. This takes teaching and learning to a level beyond the classroom time schedule. As a communication tool, students will learn to summarize answers, clarify thoughts, and express them accurately. Communication by writing will have to be clear to be understood.
After completing the course, an evaluation of the usefulness of the blog during the school period and the degree of integration of the blog material with the topics covered in class was done. The results showed that the blog is a tool that enriches and helps to better understand the issues reviewed in class as well as improving the quality of the course. Students indicate that the blog offers clear, accurate and complete, also state that the frequency of updating a blog is excellent. Finally, students agree to use the blog on other subjects.
Keywords: Blog, Biotechnology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering.