Directories, repositories and collections of electronic resources for biomaths education.
We are collecting here links to the main collections of electronic learning resources for maths in biosciences. If you have recently produced a resource please feel encouraged to write a blog post about it.
A project of the UK Centre for Bioscience, 2011. This project seeks to discover key Open Educational Resources in a number of disciplines and identify steps to promote them into sustainable re-use, boosted by contributions from members of the relevant community. We have had some intermittent problems with the link to this but have fixed it as of 18th Oct 2013.
The SUMS project (Students Upgrading Maths Skills) is designed to address numeracy issues amongst students in further- and higher-education. Alongside the research elements of the project, we are building this online portal that will allow both students and tutors to find suitable online resources to address numeracy issues. The main ‘Finder’ page provides access to a database of several hundred links to online resources that range from general study skills to academic sites. If you are looking for a resource, you should be able to find what you are looking for!
Jorum is a JISC-funded Service in Development in UK Further and Higher Education, to collect and share learning and teaching materials, allowing their reuse and repurposing.
Is a US Curriculum Consortium organisation which develops resources in biosciences, many of which are quantitative eg ESTEEM (math bio models), Numb3r5 Count (quantitative bio), BEDROCK (bioinformatics), Microbes Count! (explore micro), NIMBioS 2010 (comp bio)
To bridge the gap from school to university study, to revise or find the maths topic you missed, you will want to meet mathtutor. Video tutorials, with diagnostics, summary text and exercises, take you through more than eighty topics in the way you choose. Mathtutor provides a structured way for students to revise independently.
Contains many of the same resources as MathTutor but arranged a little differently and includes sets of printable resources and some suitable for mobile devices.
statstutor offers statistics support materials, free of charge, to students, lecturers and everyone looking for post-16 statistics help. There are video tutorials, paper-based teach-yourself resources, tests and quizzes and Facts and Formulae leaflets. See also the blog post on StatsTutor.
Graham Currell of the University of the West of England (UWE) has a Mathematics and Statistics for Science website which has video and self-assessment tutorials. Graham says:
We are happy to work with other staff in the development of new materials, particularly in the production of videos for context-based problems in science. Anyone interested in these types of learning materials, please contact us via email as below [on his website].
Prof Tony Gardner-Medwin has contributed a downloadable collection of LABVIEW Simulations designed to help learn about quantitative concepts in Maths, Stats, Physics & Physiology.
At http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lapt/ there is openly available software for running Self-Tests with Certainty-Based Marking and a collection of exercises that include some specifically related to maths for medical and biology students.
Dr Martin Greenhow (Brunel University) has contributed the following resources.
is a very large database of some 2000 questions spanning GCSE to level 2 undergraduate mathematics. Given the pervasive nature of GCSE and A level maths throughout all of science and beyond, biology students will find much of benefit to them here, especially in the numbers, algebra and statistics topics. Each of the questions produces thousands of variants, so repeated practice is possible. A principal feature is that each question generally produces very full feedback, making is a useful learning resource. Accessibility features include user control of fonts and colours and there is even a link to Google’s translator for those wishing to do questions in their mother tongue. Our experience is that students learn a great deal from these questions and you are encouraged to have a look … it’s all free! In the near future, specific questions on BioMaths (and other topics) will be uploaded to maths e.g.
The teacher interface allows staff to create their own tests and save student marks to the application (they can then be copied to Excel etc for further manipulation). Signed-up teachers can therefore get exactly what they want in a test, in a manner similar to shopping on Amazon (but free!), and schedule their tests, disable the translator etc. So far over 200 teachers have signed up – quite a few from schools, quite a few non-UK. Even if you do not set up tests, you can still get ideas for your own lecture notes, assessments and exams from the database; many of the questions are reverse engineered from answers that have desirable characteristics (e.g. whole numbers or simple fractions) and all come with a pretty complete solution.