2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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The PMABS Distributed Learning Network Progress Report: Enhancing Science Education for North Carolina's Underrepresented Minority Students via Distance Education

Weintraub, Jory         (919) 843-9035
      CELL Coordinator, Biology Instructor
      UNC Chapel Hill
First co-presenter: Cato, Michael    
Organization: UNC Chapel Hill
Second co-presenter: Lerea, Leslie    
Organization: UNC Chapel Hill
Third co-presenter: Rybarczyk, Brian    
Organization: UNC Chapel Hill
Fourth co-presenter: Seay, Caroline    
Organization: UNC Chapel Hill

Abstract (up to 200 words):
The Partnership for Minority Advancement in the Biomolecular Sciences (PMABS) is a consortium of Biology faculty at seven North Carolina historically minority universities (Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, Shaw University and UNC Pembroke) and at UNC Chapel Hill. PMABS' goals are to enhance science education throughout our partnership and, ultimately, to create greater diversity in the life sciences. One approach has been the development of a Distributed Learning Network (DLN) which combines videoteleconference (VTC) classrooms and a content delivery network (CDN), linking all eight PMABS universities. The DLN allows PMABS to offer otherwise unavailable, cutting-edge bioscience courses throughout the partnership via videoteleconference, better preparing students at our partner universities for success in graduate and professional schools, as well as careers in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries. At the 2002 UNC TLT Conference, the PMABS DLN was introduced. This presentation provides an update on the successes and challenges of this project.

Session type:
Short presentation (20 minutes)

Time slots:
C5 - Fr 10:00 - 10:45

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