Cell and Molecular Biology 2e – an i-Text (interactive electronic textbook)
I am pleased to make the interactive Cell and Molecular Biology 2e: What We Know & How We Found Out (CMB2e) iText available once again as an Open Educational Resource under a Creative Commons CC-BY license Like the first edition (and most introductory science textbooks), CMB2e opens with a discussion of scientific method. The new edition retains its focus on experimental support for what we know about cell and molecular biology. Having a sense of how science is practiced and how investigators think about experimental results is essential to understanding the relationship of cell structure and function, not to mention the natural world around us. Chapter introductions include learning objectives and links to relevant voice-over PowerPoint recordings (VOPs). As used by the author, the iText is supported by additional interactive learning tools including links to instructors annotations directing students to items of interest (The Instructors iText also includes short (25 words or less) writing assignments, intended to strengthen critical thinking and writing skills and a sample chapter even models quiz assignments that can be linked to a typical course LMS. In aggregate, these interactive features aim to strengthen skills of inquiry necessary to understand science as a way of thinking in general, and cell and molecular biology specifically! Instructors and students can freely download the Sample Chapter and the Annotated version of the iText and instructors can request the Instructors iText. All iText users can create their own digital annotations, or download and print the text and write in the margins the old fashioned way!
Instructors can use a version ‘as is’ or as the starting point to build their own custom iText. After adding or deleting content, annotations, assignments, etc, the customized iText can then be the required (or recommended) course content, to be distributed to students under the guidelines of the Creative Commons CCBY license. I encourage instructors with an interest in interactive learning and who are concerned about the high cost of textbooks to customize any version of the OER iText to engage their own students in thinking about science. I encourage students to interact with the iText and think about how good experiments were designed, how data was interpreted, and what questions the investigators (and we!) might want to ask next. To download your choice of the Cell and Molecular Biology 2e iText or the Sample Chapter, click one of the links below. If you select one of the full versions (not the sample chapter), you will be taken to a usage survey. I ask that you complete the form so I can better understand how you might use the iText.
- The Annotated CMB2e iText: full text with author’s annotations but without assignments/assessments
- Instructor’s CMB2e iText: Annotated iText plus author’s assignments/assessments.
- CMB2e Sample Chapter: Chapter 1 of the Instructor’s iText