Lecture Series - Text
Taking an Old Course in New Directions
Crang and Michelle Solodyna, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Richard Crang is a professor of plant biology at UIUC.
He currently teaches a course on Plant Anatomy which is online-enhanced.
He has regular lecture and laboratory sessions on-campus in Urbana, but
has developed a large amount of resource material and course content which
has been organized into a CD for clearer identification and faster downloading.
Richard will share his experiences in his online-enhanced course and explain
the step by step approach he used in developing his online and offline electronic
resource materials. He will raise questions regarding the differences in
teaching using this modality, its successes and its problems. Michelle
Solodyna works with Dr. Crang on the technical development of his Plant
Anatomy course. She is a junior at UIUC from Hoffman Estates, IL and majoring
in graphic design. I have invited both of them to participate in our WebBoard
DQ discussions, and they will available for questions and discussion for
3 days following the lecture- It should be quite an interesting week!
This week's lecture has four parts:
View this 7-minute introductory streamed video. You will
need the RealMedia 7 Player plug-in, which you can download from the RealMedia Website
(it's free). Remember to restart your browser after you've installed
The video content is avaliable in four formats:
Select the streaming media format that best fits your system capabilities.
If you have a high bandwidth Internet connetion, select the T1/ISDN
Use the audio only version if you experience poor video quality
due to slow modem connections or net congestion.
2: WebBoard Lecture
Read Richard's text-based lecture in our WebBoard MOD 4 Lecture conference.
3: Visit Richard's Plant Anatomy Electronic Learning Resource on the Web
It is located online at: http://mumu.life.uiuc.edu/anatomy2000/
Once you are at the Plant Anatomy Electronic Learning Resource home
page, you can access the course materials by clicking on the title at the top
While these course materials can be observed using any browser, a number
of the features are best seen using Internet Explorer 4.0 or
better. To download the latest version of Internet Explorer go to Microsoft's
Website and select the appropriate version for your system. Also, several
short video segments are incorporated into this online resource (they are
located in the sections: Nature of Plants, Microscopy & Imaging, Preparation & Staining
Techniques, and Vascular Tissues: Xylem). To access the videos, use
the Apple QuickTime Viewer, 4.1, which you can download from Apple's
4: WebBoard Discussion
Go back to our WebBoard to read and respond to Richard's Lecture
and questions. Remember, he and Michelle will be available for discussion
this week through Friday, March 3rd.