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Cases from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

NCCSTS requires a $25 annual subscription for individuals.  Materials are peer reviewed, and include student handouts and teacher materials.  We are sharing information about recent cases published on COVID19 from this organization:

Social Distancing in the Midst of COVID-19” is by Jason C. Cochrane, Science Department, Mountain Vista High School, Highlands Ranch, CO. 

This directed case study is intended to give students insight into why social distancing is used to minimize the spread of infectious diseases. Students are provided with data from the state of Washington to determine whether there is a trend in transmission rates of COVID-19 in large populations and if population density is a driving force in disease spread. Students analyze population data, number of cases, and population density of ten counties. They also view the timeline of social distancing measures announced in the state, determine when the social distancing recommendation began, and observe how quickly the number of cases escalated. Students then compare Washington state data with New York state data to see how much quicker COVID-19 cases escalated in New York and how much faster social distancing measures were put into place. Students then turn their attention to Colorado to observe the exponential growth trend witnessed there. This case was designed for high school biology and AP biology students but could also be used in other courses that require students to analyze data. The case uses data as of March 2020, but could easily be updated with new data as the situation continues to develop.

To access the case study and supporting files, go to the record at:

https://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=1113&id=1113

 “Pandemic Pandemonium: Why Can’t We Just Treat COVID-19?” by a team of authors from Brandeis University:  Melissa S. Kosinski-Collins, Lindsay Mehrmanesh, Jessie Cuomo and Kene N. Piasta.

This directed case study was designed for introductory level or mid-level biology students to serve as a capstone project incorporating aspects of nucleic acid, lipid and protein structure and function, central dogma, and virus life cycles. The storyline follows two young girls and their family during the 2019–2020 coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Students explore the differences between SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and other viruses like herpes, influenza and HIV.  They examine the structure of SARS-CoV-2 and how it binds to and enters a cell. They consider the genome of SARS-CoV-2, which consists of RNA-based nucleic acids, and its mechanism of translation. One of the girls in the story tests positive for COVID-19 and her parents consider multiple antiviral treatments approved for influenza, HIV and herpes. Students then research the mechanism of action of these antivirals, suggest why they will not be successful in treating COVID-19, and predict possible antiviral targets specific for SARS-CoV2. The case concludes with a writing assignment in which students use what they have learned in the case and address ethical questions involved with sharing patient information.

To access the case study and supporting files, go to the record at:

https://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=1114&id=1114 

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Teaching Effectively Online from CIRTL

The CIRTL Network is providing various trainings to assist in the sudden transition to online learning as campuses close to slow the spread of COVID-19. These trainings are offered both as synchronous online workshops and in recorded modules on YouTube.

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How UDL Can Support Your Transition to Online Teaching

Crowd-sourced table of online teaching practices that align to the UDL guidelines specific to the affective network

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MAA Emergency Online Teaching Toolkit

This Google doc has an abundance of tools, video tips, and information about how to transition to emergency teaching online.

MAA is the Mathematical Association of America and is the professional society in the US devoted primarily to the support of faculty for undergraduate instruction.

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Fred Hutch's List of science papers to read about the coronavirus

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's list of science papers you should be reading about the coronavirus: Amid the thousands of research publications on COVID-19, here are the ones they are reading

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SEIR on networks with Github and Tweet thread

This is a python package for exploring SEIR models on social networks. The first link is to a Twitter thread where the use and some significant results are explained.

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Dr. Kestler’s Coronavirus Video Series

Dr. Harry Kestler at LCCC keeps us informed about the coronavirus and how we can all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in this series of daily videos about various aspects of the pandemic: https://www.lorainccc.edu/security/dr-kestlers-coronavirus-video-series/

Prior to his position at LCCC, Kestler held faculty positions at the Lerner Medical College of the Cleveland Clinic and the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

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The mathematics of COVID-19

By Dr  Kamuela Yong

Helps readers interpret various models and statistics around COVID-19. Written at the introductory level, could be used for high school or introductory undergraduate.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Google's suite of online tools and how to enable them

The use of Google’s tools for collaborative assignment preparation is increasingly common in online courses. The G Suite also offers conferencing capability that some instructors are using for synchronous online meetings.

All of these tools have built-in hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts that enable them to be used completely mouse-free. However, they are often not visible or available by default. The linked page provides lists of these hotkeys and instructions to enable them for each tool.

The ability to use the keyboard is important for students and instructors who cannot or choose not to use a mouse, as well as those who use screen readers and other forms of assistive technology.

 

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Hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts for Zoom desktop clients (Windows/Mac?Linux)

Many instructors are suddenly using the Zoom video conference platform to hold synchronous class meetings or virtual office hours with individual students. This page contains a list of hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts for the Zoom desktop clients, as well as instructions for editing them.

This will be a useful reference for any students or instructors who cannot or prefer not to use a mouse, those who use screen reading software, and anyone else who prefers to customize how they interact with this communication tool.

 

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Zoom backgrounds - be where you want to be!

You've seen your friends and colleagues lounging in space, shooting the rapids, or in some other enviable location.  You, too, can travel to foreign locations while sitting in your office on another zoom call.  

"How to" information from zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background

Backgrounds: https://www.zoomvirtualbackgrounds.com/

 

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COVID 19 Data Pack

Several graphics around COVID19 and the pandemic, with readings at the bottom of the page and access to underlying data.

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Information is Beautiful

Incredible visualizations of data on a variety of topics, often with underlying data available.  Ideal for prompting discussions about topics, data visualization and data analysis.

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Multiple R Shiny Dashboards tracking COVID-19

There is an R Shiny contest going on right now.  Many of the most recent submissions are data dashboards for tracking the COVID-19 pandemic.  Take a look!

 

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GISAID -Genomic epidemiology of hCoV-19

This phylogeny shows evolutionary relationships of hCoV-19 (or SARS-CoV-2) viruses from the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This phylogeny shows an initial emergence in Wuhan, China, in Nov-Dec 2019 followed by sustained human-to-human transmission leading to sampled infections. Although the genetic relationships among sampled viruses are quite clear, there is considerable uncertainty surrounding estimates of transmission dates and in reconstruction of geographic spread. Please be aware that specific inferred transmission patterns are only a hypothesis.

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SIR Models

This ESTEEM worksheet implements an SIR (Susceptible/ Infected/ Resistant) model of epidemiology for vector-borne diseases. Up to three microbial strains with different virulence and transmission parameters can be modeled and the results graphed. Originally designed to explore coevolution of myxoma and rabbits, the model is easily generalized to other systems.

The SIR Build It REVISED 2018 file attached here represents a basic SIR model and demonstrates Farr's law as well as the corresponding S/I phase plot. Additional sheets demonstrate some modifications of the basic model, including the effects of stochasticity.

From Tony Weisstein, Truman State

More Excel based simulations from the BioQUEST ESTEEM collection are available here:https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/esteem/esteem_modules_and_descriptions

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SIR Model

This ESTEEM worksheet implements an SIR (Susceptible/ Infected/ Resistant) model of epidemiology for vector-borne diseases. Up to three microbial strains with different virulence and transmission parameters can be modeled and the results graphed. Originally designed to explore coevolution of myxoma and rabbits, the model is easily generalized to other systems.

The SIR Build It REVISED 2018 file attached here represents a basic SIR model and demonstrates Farr's law as well as the corresponding S/I phase plot. Additional sheets demonstrate some modifications of the basic model, including the effects of stochasticity.

From Tony Weisstein, Truman State

More Excel based simulations from the BioQUEST ESTEEM collection are available here:https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/esteem/esteem_modules_and_descriptions

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Calculus worksheet/questions for Flattening the Curve

For use in a calculus class!

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Pushing your classes online using OneNote, an iPad, Zoom and Piazza

A blog on how one professor is using OneNote to push his classes online. 

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Whiteboard App

A colleague recommended this. He said it is easy to use, students can use it in a breakout session, and you can save the whiteboard when you are done.

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Khan Academy's COVID 19 estimations

Estimating actual COVID 19 cases (novel corona virus infections) in an area based on deaths. Based on work by Tomas Pueyo at: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

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