I am currently in the process of creating an innovative next generation undergraduate virology textbook (titled Understanding Viruses) and ancillary materials. The rapid pedagogical changes occurring in lower and upper division science instruction (especially in introductory biology, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology) require textbooks also change to reflect the emphasis on active learning and critical thinking. This textbook concept integrates previously disconnected virology principles into a single resource, providing the student with the "big picture or ideas" approach to understanding viruses, host-virus interactions, and molecular biology concepts. The textbook includes high quality, full color images throughout, Virus Files, Refresher Boxes and cases studies. The new instructional materials will result in significantly improved content and pedagogical preparation of faculty and teachers of science. In addition, ancillary materials such as an instructor's resource CD-ROM and companion website will be created.
The resource-CD-ROM will contain PowerPoint lecture outlines, a Test Bank, Image and Table Banks. The companion website will contain interactive quizzes, animations and links to other resources pertinent to virology. The overall learning approach is self-directed and intended to ensure that students learn to conceptualize viral diseases as a whole.
This textbook was supported by the National Science Foundation, UW-Oshkosh Faculty Development and Sabbatical Programs and a modest fund set up through the UW-Oshkosh Foundation.