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The Modular Digital Course in Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (MDCUNE) provides modules of instruction based in neurobiology for faculty to use in their own courses or for independent learning. These modules are inquiry-based but are completely digital so that only computers are required for their execution. These modules have been successfully taught in Psychology and Neuroscience laboratory courses at UCLA and all tutorials and programs are now available for free.

The goal of this project is to create a series of completely digital, inquiry-based laboratory modules in neuroscience and to make them freely accessible to students and faculty at a wide range of institutions.  This project will give students a truly rich, hands-on introduction to neuroscience research while requiring no equipment or facilities other than computers connected to the internet.  The digital and modular nature of these materials provides for a great deal of flexibility in teaching and delivery.

For more specific information about this project see the following article:

Modules, Programs, Presentations:


Swimmy LogoModule:  Swimmy

Developed by Dr. Franklin Krasne

Free and complete software providing experience with neurophysiological phenomena and mechanisms of motor pattern generation in virtual neural circuits.  Student manuals also provided. 

-Runs on Windows and Mac (OS X 10.5.8 or later)-

See the Swimmy Module for more information.

 

Bioinformatics Logo

Module:  Bioinformatics/Neuroinformatics

Developed by Dr. Jackson Beatty and Dr. William Grisham

Image library, student manual, and links to resources to quantify brain phenotype and perform a Quantitative Trait Locus analysis linking variation in the phenotype with chromosomal loci. 

See the Bioinformatics Module for more information.

 

 

Bird Song System LogoModule:  Bird Song System

Developed by Dr. William Grisham

Image library of songbird nuclei—Area X, HVC, and RA—allowing comparisons examining sex differences and effects of various doses of estrogen given to females in posthatch development. 

See the Bird Song System Module for more information.

 

 

Gel Scramble Logo

Module:  Gel Scramble

Developed by Dr. William Grisham & Dr. James R. Boulter

Unscramble the data and solve the puzzle of the mystery gel. 

Currently being developed by Dr. William Grisham.

See the Gel Scramble Module for more information.

 

 

Rat SCIA LogoModule:  Rat SCIA (Spinal Cord Image Archive)

Developed by Dr. William Grisham, Heidi Jones & Sun Hee Park

Image library of spinal cord motoneurons for analyzing sex differences and effects of prenatal antiandrogens on these neurons.  Includes a PDF of an article describing the use of this image library (Grisham, W., Jones, H. B., & Park, S. H. (2003).

See the Rat SCIA Module for more information.

 

Fraidy Rat LogoModule:  Fraidy Rat

Developed by Dr. Franklin Krasne

Free and complete software providing experience with anatomical and physiological bases of fear-learning in a computer-simulated rat.  Student manuals also provided. 

-Runs on Windows ONLY-

See the Fraidy Rat Module for more information.

 

 

Evaluation LogoPresentation:  "Evaluation for Smarties"

Presented by Dr. William Grisham & Lisa Beck McCauley

A presentation given for the "Methods for Evaluation and Assessment" workshop at the CCLI-TUES PI Conference in Washington, DC, January 26-28, 2011.

See the Evaluation Presentation for more information.

 

 

Neuroscience Camp Logo

Program:  NeuroCamp

Created by Dr. Joseph Watson

An introduction to neuroscience through a series of short modules and experiments.  For select high school students. 

See the NeuroCamp Program for more information.

 

 

Please direct any questions or comments to mdcune.ucla@gmail.com.

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National Science Foundation            UCLA Office of Instructional Development

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the UCLA Office of Instructional Development