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We teach six courses


 

Because we integrate and interconnect most of our accumulated knowledge and skills, we
are able to teach much by offering only six courses, not hundreds of courses that
conventional schools, colleges and universities do where they stretch out education
over years still giving you bits and pieces of fragmented information difficult to
comprehend let alone put into a comprehensible whole. These fragmented courses
also fail to raise your awareness; a facility you need for comprehending life
so to live and grow by.

In contrast the condensed courses and workshops we offer expand your awareness
making you functional enabling you to navigate through life with ease and thus
grow in many directions becoming versatile.

The six comprehensive courses we offer:

1. How to set up and operate a functional science lab. Not a lab for chemistry,
physics or biology but an all purpose lab. This starts you on the path to
becoming a scientist and a lab person. This course also opens doors to all science
based jobs and careers. Persons trained via this course can also help
improve science education in our schools and colleges. This is one session, ten week long
course.

2. A basic and applied course in Microbiology which is the root of all that we now
know in biology including biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, genetics,
biotechnology and genetic engineering, and on the applied side about food,
pharmaceutical, cosmetic and a host of fermentation industries producing not just
wine and beer but also alcohol as fuel and fermented foods such a yogurt and
many others, plus sanitation, water purification and sewage disposal including
environmental issues and their control, medical and paramedical professions,
including treatment and prevention of infectious diseases plus the exploration
of extraterrestrial space and the biology if any of other planets. The application
and opportunities provided by this subject are endless. This is one session, ten week
long course.

NOTE: Unfortunately, the biggest disservice the academia, specially the Microbiologists
have done to the society is to make Microbiology a specialty subject and take it
out of the public awareness which is adding to our health care costs because the
public is now not practicing simple means of hygiene to prevent infections and
other diseases and thereby adding to our mounting health care cost becoming a
drain on our already stressed economy. This is such a drain on our economy that
we often have to take funds away from other important services such as
education to just meet the rising health care costs.

3. A basic and applied course covering the principles of Molecular biology, Biotechnology
and Genetic Engineering: In the fifties and early sixties of the past century, we began to move
from microbes and other cells to the underlying molecules responsible for carrying out
all of the biological and metabolic activities of the cells. Around this time also came the
discovery of the structure of DNA which turned out to be the central molecule
conducting and managing all of the activities of the cells.

A new science of molecular biology thus emerged which eventually ended up showing
how proteins and enzymes are synthesized and how their activities are controlled thus
creating and maintaining a balanced metabolism of the cell. The key player in this
new field had been and still is the DNA molecule where the genes are located
and the major part of this field thus focused on understanding the genes,
how they function and how they can even be isolated and moved from cells to
other cells and the useful products they produced within the original cell in
small amounts can be produced in larger amounts in the cells where they were
moved to.

This extensive two session (twenty week) course covers both the theoretical and the
laboratory (procedural) aspects of molecular biology, biotechnology and genetic
engineering.

4. How science, art, and humanities including religion, sociology, anthropology,
psychology and economics interrelate and how this sort of integrative learning
and knowing becomes a recipe for meaningful living and life long learning and
growing. This is one session, ten week long course.

5. How to do research which is a system and not the haphazard way much research is
now being done, especially by the beginning unprepared students who are
brought in to connect with an on-going research activity without ever knowing or
even taught how to do research. They thus feel euphoric that they are doing
research but in fact they are not. In many cases they are just a couple of extra pair
of hands to do the repetitive busy work of someone’s research and in fact are
quite helpless when it comes to finding, planning and designing their own. This is
a big void for the student and we try to fill that void by showing them step by step
how research is done. Simultaneously we either assign them a research project
of their own or guide them to design one of their own. It is the groping with that
research project where the methodology and the precautions (such as including
the needed controls) to do research develop and become a functional reality. This is one
session, ten week long course.

6. Professional development of teachers via courses and workshops: Most if not all of the
teachers currently teaching in our schools and colleges are the products of the
fragmented mode of education. They thus teach in a compartmentalized fashion teaching
subjects or disciplines but not in an integrative fashion leaving the integration and
understanding part to the students who, due to their limited background, have hard time
doing the required integration. Learning thus suffers plus the fragmented mode of
teaching is also expensive and time consuming. The integrative form of teaching
resolves this dilemma enabling a teacher to teach better and faster with retention and
administrators to become conservative in the allocation of time, space and
resources. Being an integrative center of learning, we are recommending that all
teachers, not just the specialty teachers teaching certain subjects such as science
need to take such courses and workshops. This is one session, ten week long course.

Collectively these SIX courses are the seeds which set the stage for life long learning
making a person versatile, creative and self reliant.

Workshops we offer:

1. Technotherapy™ – a new modality for psychotherapy. When the gnawing fear of “not
knowing” is gone, a healthy psyche emerges! This process starts with increasing one’s
awareness which our courses and workshops are geared to provide.

2. Green Microbiology™ workshop. This workshop is a preamble to the Green
Microbiology™ course which uses only safe organisms to teach all the essentials of
Microbiology!

Since microbes carry a connotation of disease and danger, people are rather apprehensive
to the point of being fearful to deal with the microbes or work with them. In order to avert
that fear, we have developed a complete course of Microbiology using only safe
organisms such as those used in the fermentation industries e.g., in yogurt making etc.
This course thus uses only probiotic organisms and other organisms belonging to bio-safety
level one. This course thus, by using these safe organisms, is able to teach all the
basic concepts and skills of Microbiology without any danger to the participant yet the
students learn to take all the necessary precautions such as the use of aseptic technique
and preventing contamination.

3. Specific topic based intensive weekend workshops for science teachers: These are
totally hands-on immersion workshops thoroughly covering one topic such as
spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, chromatography, microscopy or histology such
as tissue preparation, sectioning etc. Fee for this workshop is $150.00 plus $50.00
for lab materials.

4. A changing of mind set for thinking integratively: This workshop is based on
chronological development of human knowledge and thereby of awareness which
then fuels further development and discoveries.

5. Saturday or after school science for students of all ages: Here no age distinction is
made and all are introduced to the same set of knowledge and skills delivered in a
story book and a hands-on lab format. This is a three hour session for a fee of
$15.00 per session.

For further information about course schedules and fee, contact the Center at:
info@centerforintegrativelerning.org or by phone: 312-243-7716; Fax: 312-243-2041.