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Online Neuroscience Education about Drug Addiction


For immediate release
Date:    June 3, 2010

SEATTLE - (June 3, 2010) The University of Washington’s School of Nursing, Biology Department, and Educational Outreach in collaboration with the Puget Sound Educational Service District have received a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the development of the Online Neuroscience Education about Drug Addiction (ONE-DA) project.  The project will design, pilot and evaluate an online BIOL 100 UW in the High School course that will allow high school students to enroll in a university level course and earn university credits while being taught by their high school teachers in the supportive comfort of the school environment.  The course uses drug abuse and addiction as a context to address core biology concepts that are aligned with national and Washington science education standards

The proposed project will bring together expertise from project partners to:

  1. develop, for high school students, a comprehensive sustainable university level online biology course that focuses on the biology of addiction and drug abuse;
  2. create a companion professional development experience, including a professional learning community, to produce a cadre of high school teacher leaders with expertise in addiction biology;
  3. evaluate the effectiveness of the online course and professional development; and
  4. disseminate the project materials and models.

Grant total: $1,112, 879 over four years (total includes indirect costs)


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