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Plant Science: Before Beginning

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Before Beginning

Plant Science: Core Concepts and Global Scope is an exploration of the foundational and related elements of global plant biodiversity. The United Nations is celebrating 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity and is calling on nations and citizens to educate themselves about the preservation of global plant biodiversity. This course is designed to provide that education. Please begin by watching the video from the United Nations below.


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Many have the perception of plant science as being an archaic discipline out of pace with modern research. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Plant science explores the foundational building blocks of our environment and has far reaching economic, political, and social effects on peoples around the globe. This course will introduce you to these foundations and effects.  


This course is designed to be delivered entirely online and therefore there are technical considerations. Since it is designed for our global community, it is important that technical skills or restrictions do not limit participation. This section will prepare you for Plant Science: Core Concepts and Global Scope. It should be completed before proceeding to the Course Sections. 



  1. Create a Gmail account 
  2. Create a Posterous Account
  3. Learn how to send images and text from your mobile phone to Posterous by reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 
  4. Watch the tutorial video on how to create a wiki account and how to edit a wiki page. You will be required to edit these pages to create learning resources with your fellow students so it is critical to develop this skill before beginning.
  5. Watch the JSTOR Plant Science tutorials. This course relies heavily on both JSTOR and JSTOR Plant Science so it is important that students know how to navigate and find information on both these sites.
    1. JSTOR Plant Science Overview
    2. JSTOR Plant Science Content
    3. JSTOR: Advanced Searching 
  6. Watch the Google Maps video on how to create your own map and embed it on this wiki. 
  7. Once you have completed the above, please return to the Course Design: Plant Science page and begin Course Section: Global Biodiversity. 




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-Dr. Siro Masinde of the National Museums of Kenya speaking with Jennifer Hyun, the course creator's wife, on a specific flowering plant found in Carthage, Tunisia.


* Part of a larger course design that can be found at Course Design: Plant Science

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