Read through the questions below. Record a video, 45 seconds minimum, in
response to one or more of the questions below that interest you. Also, please provide your first name on the video, mention OU's Biology 1003 course, and tell which week's assignment it is. You'll host your video at a publicly accessible site (e.g., upload to YouTube, dropbox.com, portfolio.ou.edu, or your own server space), and post a stable, hyperlinked address on the D2L discussion board forum to your production.
Technical details: You should be able to record this video on a smartphone, digital camera, or via webcam. Post in a common file format, such as mov, wmv, mpg, or mp4 (YouTube should do this automatically).
Post a typed response to the Starting Assumptions posts of at least two other students. (If
you are the first or second person to post, you will have to check back later
to complete this part of the assignment).
- Please spell check and proofread your typed responses.
- Please respond to posts with 0 responses first; once every post has at least
one response, you are free to choose any post to respond to.
- When you respond, please use the name of the student you are responding
to. That is, say "Hi Jessica" or "Hi Paul" so that you
can get used to the names of the people in class. (You can find a list of
"real" names and preferred names posted on D2L).
- What constitutes a substantive response? This means that
you have read and thought about the original post, and that after some reflection,
you are extending one or more of the thoughts in the original post or offering
an additional perspective as you might in a good conversation. It is not enough
to say simply "nice job," "I liked that," "I think you're right about XXXX," "I disagree," etc. It is OK to disagree or agree,
but the goal is to thoughtfully add something else interesting and new related
to the content of the original post. At a minimum this should be at least
50 words, and 50-100 is preferable. Check out this page for more on the topic of good and bad responses.
After you have posted your video and responded to at least two other students,
go to Desire2Learn and complete the Gradebook
Declaration for this week's Starting Assumptions assignment. (Do not declare that you have completed these assignments until AFTER you have made your posts. Your Gradebook
Declaration is subject to the Honor Code.)
Here is the text of the Desire2Learn Gradebook Declaration:
(3 points) I have posted my Starting Assumptions
video (45 seconds min.) at D2L.
(2 points) I have responded to the posts of at least two other students
(1 point per response; 50-100 words for each).
Here are the questions to get you started:
- What experiences, if any, do you have with learning about or living with
- Tuberculosis was once the leading cause of death in the United States. Given that it is still around, and with all the talk of "super-bugs," do you think it will become a big problem again?
- Have you ever travelled on a public plane or bus knowing you had a cold or disease that was contagious? What precautions, if any, did you take to keep from spreading it to others?
- What do you think the punishment should be, if any, for someone who knowingly travels on public transportation with a disease like tuberculosis? How about if someone else ends up catching it and dying from it?
- What does the study of infectious disease have to do with the study of
- How old were you when you first started learning about HIV and AIDS? At
what age do you think kids should start learning about HIV/AIDS?
- Do you keep up with news related to antibiotic-resistant infections? Why or why not?
- How educated do you feel about tuberculosis and/or MRSA?
- Are you concerned with the flu each year (for yourself or a close family member)? Do you get a flu shot each year?
- Do you think that when new drugs are developed to treat diseases such as
tuberculosis, that it only causes people to engage in riskier behavior because they
no longer see the disease as a death sentence?
- How often do you use Purell-type, alcohol-based hand sanitizer? Do you follow the directions for the amount of liquid and duration to sanitize your hands, and do you think it does a good job of protecting you from getting sick?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most devastating health problem
the world has ever seen, how big of a problem do you think antibiotic resistance is?
- Do you feel that the World Health Organization and other similar organizations
will ever be able to control the spread of tuberculosis or MRSA?
- Do you ever ask a physician for antibiotics when you have a cold or the
- When you get antibiotics, do you take the whole prescription, or do you stop when you feel better?
Do you ever “save” part of the prescription to use the next time
you get sick?
Contemporary Issues in Biology -- BIOL 1003
Mariëlle H. Hoefnagels, Ph.D. © 2004-2012.
biology1003 at OU dot edu (at = @, dot =.)
December 30, 2011 5:12 PM