Life Science: About the Course
Materials and Graduate Credit
Participation in this course is free, though graduate credit is also available at a reasonable cost.
Getting the Materials
You may choose to watch the programs via our free simulcast online via video on demand, or you can purchase videocassettes or DVDs and the printed course guide from our online catalog. The course guide is also available as a PDF under Support Materials on this Web site.
If you are participating in a group session, your facilitator will give you a copy of the print guide or request that you print the PDF for yourself from this Web site. Your facilitator will give you any instructions concerning the meeting time and place, what you should bring to sessions, and work you should do outside the group sessions.
Using the Materials
The print guide and Web site provide background, activities, discussion questions, homework assignments, and resources to supplement the video programs and provide a robust professional-development experience. They also provide information for facilitators to plan and structure group sessions.
Course sessions generally are held weekly for at least two hours. The course guide describes pre- and post-viewing activities and discussion to fill out the remainder of the session. The guide also provides homework to expand on what you have learned and prepare you for the next session. Note: If you are taking the workshop for graduate credit, there is additional required coursework.
Use Teacher-Talk, the course’s email discussion list, to continue exploration of ideas outside the course session.