Kenneth M. Klemow. 2007. USING AND CONTRIBUTING TO BiosciEdNet - THE DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR TEACHING RESOURCES IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. Contributed paper: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 80:114-115.
Over the past twenty years, educators have come to embrace the use of computers and other digital technologies for creating presentations, laboratory assignments, and other resources to facilitate student learning. To assist in the dissemination of such resources among educators, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) developed the Biosciences Education Network (BEN) which serves as a clearinghouse and respository for over 4700 resources covering 77 biological sciences topics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, BEN collaborates with 23 other professional societies to solicit contributions from members and provide peer review of all contributions. Through the development of a BEN portal site (http://www.biosciednet.org), the BEN Collaborative provides searchable and seamless access to the digital library collections of its partners, providing users with accurate and reliable biology education resources that will help transform biology education, particularly at the post-secondary level. This presentation will discuss the organization and holdings of the BEN site, provide an overview of search strategies, and describe how educators can submit materials of their own to BEN.