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About Gerald K Bergtrom

Dr. Bergtrom is Professor (Emeritus) of Biological Sciences and a Learning Technology Consultant. He was most recently an course design consultant in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scientific interests are cell and molecular biology and molecular evolution. Pedagogic interests include blended and online instruction and the use of technology in the service of better teaching and learning. Dedicated to an active learning approach, he has taught face-to-face, blended and so called “flipped” classes, as well as fully online undergraduate and graduate courses in cell and molecular biology.  He also developed and co-instructed Teaching with Technology, an interdisciplinary course aimed at graduate students that might someday find themselves struggling to teach others. With more than 40 years of experience in teaching and research, he has frequently tested and incorporated pedagogically proven teaching technologies into his courses. He has presented or co-presented many conference papers, workshops on his cell and molecular biology research as well as in course design/redesign strategy and learning technologies. In addition to many publications on his scientific research, he has published on aspects of active blended, online and flipped classroom methods (references 1-3, below).  In 2015 Dr. Bergtrom published Cell and Molecular Biology – What We Know & How We Found Out, an Open Access/Creative Commons (i.e., no-cost) electronic textbook4.  The updated second edition (CMB 2e) of this textbook was published in 2016 (reference 4). 
 
1.    Bergtrom, G. (2006) Clicker Sets as Learning Objects. Int. J. Knowl. & Learn. Obj. 2:105-110.  (http://www.ijello.org/Volume2/v2p105-110Bergtrom.pdf)
2.    Bergtrom, G. (2009) On Offering a Blended Cell Biology Course. J. Res. Center Ed. Tech. 5(1) (http://www.rcetj.org/?type=art&id=91609&).
3.    Bergtrom, G. (2011) Content vs. Learning: An Old Dichotomy in Science Courses. J. Asynchr. Learning Networks 15:33-44 (http://jaln_v15n1_bergtrom.pdf)
4.    Bergtrom, G. Cell and Molecular Biology: What We Know & How We Found Out [CMB1e, (2015) and CMB2e (2016), all versions] (http://dc.uwm.edu/biosci_facbooks_bergtrom/)

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Present Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ‐ Biological Sciences
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