Open courses and course materials on microbiology of the built environment

One activity we have been hoping to do more of here at microBEnet is to catalyze the development and sharing and evaluation of course materials (preferably free and open) for teaching about microbiology of the built environment.  I confess this is just not my area of expertise so I am going to be writing a series of posts about this to solicit input from the community.

Today I am focusing on exisiting available course materials that cover topics related to  microbiology of the built environment.  If people out there know of any such materials specifically about microbiology of the built environment it would be greatly appreciated if you could share such information.

What I have found so far is limited and virtually none of it is specifically focused on microbiology of the built environment.  The closest I have found:

There is certainly a decent amount of related material out there on either microbiomes, or microbial ecology, or building science including:

I am sure there is more out there on these related topics.

Any pointers, especially to online courses or course materials directly about microbiology of the built environment would be greatly appreciated.

Update: Some other notes about this topic

Nice materials from Microbiology Online from SGM

“Microbiology online has been devised by the Society for General Microbiology, the largest learned microbiological society in Europe. This inspirational online resource supports the teaching and learning of microbiology in the classroom across the key stages. It explores how microbes can be friend and foe and most importantly, why we need these invisible organisms to live.”

Also see Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology from Annenberg Learner

A video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 12 half-hour video programs and coordinated books

Now on DVD

Peer into the microbial world with this comprehensive microbiology series. This series helps students understand microbial functions and how microorganisms affect everything from medicine to environmental issues to global politics. Dynamic visuals – such as animations and scanning electron micrographs – and case studies including DNA testing and dramatic battles against dangerous viruses illustrate the work and effects of microorganisms. Students gain an enhanced appreciation of the field of microbiology as they meet scientists carrying on their investigations in the lab and in the field. Unseen Life on Earth is designed for general microbiology courses for majors and allied health students. It is also useful as a resource for life science courses in college and high school.




2 thoughts on “Open courses and course materials on microbiology of the built environment

  1. Hi Jonathan, Any updates that you can share on this thread? I’d like to construct a plan for self study on this specific subject.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.