This repository contains learning objects that cover the major foodborne diseases of animal origin including basics of the disease agents and pathophysiology of the diseases in animals, virtual tours of relevant food production operations, and problem-based, epidemiological cases for students to work through. They range from simple graphics or photos of agents of disease to more complex interactive, learner-centered, and clinically relevant modules, integrating all aspects of foodborne diseases.
We have partnered with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) to provide you with this repository of food safety-related learning objects. Through this site you will have access to UTMB’s Clinical Laboratory Science learning objects as well.
Learning Objects are small, reusable components of instructional media. They are a core concept in the approach towards learning (and teaching) as a series of instructional building blocks. Multiple blocks can be joined together to form a more comprehensive instructional unit, or individual blocks can be used to emphasize a particular aspect of learning. How you decide to piece together the instructional blocks of your learning unit is up to you!
Using our learning objects can help you, as the instructor, to save time and money, and provide you with new ideas and methods to present instructional content. Students can also benefit from using our learning objects to review and reinforce existing concepts, as well as using them to learn something new. For more information on how to use learning objects, take a look at our virtual teaching guide.
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