This week the NTC trainers are attending the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. We’re looking forward to learning more about teaching strategies, engagement, social learning, instructional design and other topics. We’ll be sure to share our new knowledge with you as well.
Here are few other conferences you might find useful for learning about distance learning or instruction.
Each has a different focus and audience, and it may be worth checking for some free online conference materials.
Work your way through this updated tutorial to view tips to help you effectively search for drugs, chemicals and other substances in PubMed.
There are nine brief modules with video demonstrations. You’ll find guidance on substance-related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), using the MeSH Database, searching with pharmacological action terms, converting special characters in systematic names, and using tags in searching.
When you’re done, there’s a quiz. You can find the tutorial at this URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/drugs/intro.html
In our PubMed for Trainers class, we encourage participants to write measurable objectives for a class they might teach. One way to make sure your objectives are measurable is to start with an action verb. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a familiar tool for finding the right verb to match what you want the students to be able to do. Bloom’s Taxonomy has been presented in several ways, including wheels, pyramids, and charts. Here’s new way to look at it – a tree – presented in a fun and colorful graphic. This image comes from Mia MacMeekin at An Ethical Island blog and you can click on the small image below for a larger one.
Take a walk down memory lane (all the way back to 1998) and watch a 40 second video of Dr. Michael DeBakey (world renowned heart surgeon) in a public service announcement about access to MEDLINE. Notice the PubMed interface which became available to the public in 1996.
Watch the short video here:
ChemIDplus, one of the resources available via TOXNET, has a new interface and updated functionality. ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals with links NLM databases and other resources.
In the Advanced Search, a new “3D” button on search results pages provides calculated three dimensional structure models for over 300,000 chemicals and 645,000 variations. Users can adjust the rotation speed, the image type (ball and stick, space fill, wireframe), and 3D angle of viewing; dragging the image changes its orientation. Right clicking on the structure box provides other control options such as color, style, measurements, and computation.
To see the changes, visit ChemIDplus, or read more about the changes in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
To learn more about ChemIDplus, watch for our updated tutorials on our Tutorials & Recordings page.
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New class, new format!
Discovering TOXNET is our new class that allows you to customize your learning experience of TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases. The class is asynchronous and organized into 13 modules. All but one of the modules are optional, so you complete the segments that are of most interest to you. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials and/or tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course. The class runs over the course of 4 weeks and at the end of the course, you will receive MLA continuing education credit based on the number of modules you completed, up to 12 MLA CE hours.
The modules are:
- Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
- TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
- ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
- Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
- Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
- Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
- TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
- Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
- LactMed: 0.5 hour
- Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
- WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
- REMM: 0.5 hour
- LiverTox: 0.5 hour
Register at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html
For questions or to let us know what you think of the new format, contact us at email@example.com
It can be such a challenge to keep up with the literature, blogs, books, and other sources that help you to stay updated in your field. Here’s a short list of what I’ve been reading lately that you might also be interested in.
- The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, by Cammy Bean. I attended a presentation by Ms. Bean at the American Society for Training & Development TechKnowledge conference in January. (You can read a post about her presentation here). Her new book has great tips for both the novice and experienced designer of instruction, with a focus on e-learning. You can read a chapter of the book for free here.
- Database Resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information . This 2014 article by the NCBI Resource Coordinators provides updates on the suite of NCBI resources as well as a bit of background on the resources.
- “Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment,” by Allison Meier on the Hyperallergic blog. Interesting read on the dangers of style for both the wearers and the makers. And you can learn more about the toxicity of substances mentioned in the new TOXNET interface.
- “Getting Started with File Naming Conventions,” by Jake Carlson on the e-Science Community Blog. Very useful advice for someone like me who has been guilty of using “final” in a file name.
What interesting things are you reading lately? Let me know on Twitter @nnlmntc or Facebook!
NCBI’s latest YouTube video focuses on special features in SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) that help users create, share, and maintain NIH Biosketch profiles for federal grant applications.