November 12th, the result of 2016 Chinese University Micro-course Contest (Life Science) was released. Vice Prof. Zhu Zhengmao, young lecturer of College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, competed with more than 100 teachers all over China and won the first prize. The name of his micro course is “A Comprehensive Example: The Hemoglobin Genes”.
Chinese University Micro-course Contest (Life Science) is co-sponsored by Committee of University Teaching Guidance of Biology, Ministry of Education, and the journal “Biology Teaching in University(Electronic Edition)”. This year, 138 works from 60 universities in 22 provinces (municipalities and autonomous regions) in China were delivered to the contest.
Hemoglobin is a human protein that was studied and researched elaborately. The hereditary disease caused by globin structural abnormality or resultant quantity abnormality after a gene mutation is called Hemoglobinopathy. As one of the most common birth defects in the world, 370 thousand babies are born with Hemoglobinopathy per year globally.
Taking it as the background, Zhu Zhengmao’s course “A Comprehensive Example: The Hemoglobin Genes” taught about Hemoglobin and Hemoglobinopathy, Genome Database Query, BLAST Analysis, Animal Genome Comparison, Category of Human Hemoglobin, Prevention and Screening of Hemoglobinopathy, Scientific Literacy Cultivation and so on.
Zhu Zhengmao said, “In the micro course, I led students to apply the knowledge and methodology comprehensively and systematically in analyzing the Hemoglobin genes based on the chapter ‘Digital Genome Analysis’ and other chapters. In consequence, the students would consolidate the knowledge and genetic analysis systematically. What’s more, they would be encouraged to think actively. ”
The review panel commented on Zhu Zhengmao’s micro course: the case is close to our daily life; it focused on the key points; the teacher explained the profound theories in simple language; teaching methods are applied comprehensively.
Chinese University Micro-course Contest (Life Science) has held for three years. The contest aims at promoting the professional development and teaching capabilited of university teachers of life sciences, adapting to the trend of deep infusion of information technology and education and accelerating the reform of teaching mode and constant improvement of teaching quality.
Reported by Wu Junhui
Translated by Shi Yuchen
Proofread by Yan Ruoyan