CAL-laborate Volume 4 June 2000

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BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium was founded in 1986 by Professors John Jungck and Nils Peterson and is headquartered at Beloit College via a commitment to the Annenberg Fund of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the first major funder of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. BioQUEST has been self-sustaining in its operations through the support of two major foundations, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation. Current funding extends to 2004.

The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium supports and encourages innovation in bioscience education through the development, distribution, and field testing of computer based curricular materials that have been designed to help students learn long-term strategies of research. BioQUEST is an acronym for Quality Undergraduate Educational Simulations and Tools in Biology, reflecting its initial focus on the development of curricular resources for biology educators through The BioQUEST Library. The Curriculum Consortium emphasizes investigatory and collaborative learning strategies for problem solving in the biological sciences. To these ends, workshops for faculty development, multiple presentations, and publications by staff and collaborators are provided each year. A communication network for committed educators is maintained by the organization.

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