What Do You Think?

What Is It?

This eLearning Tool is great way to enhance discussions about the tough issues surrounding recent advances in genomics. The interactive provides a dynamic launching pad for confronting many questions raised by the growing involvement of genetics in the areas of Privacy, Discrimination, Children, Identity, Research, Health, and Society.

How Does It Work?

The eLearning Tool begins with a short introductory video, followed by a chance to explore the topics surrounding a circular display asking, “What do you think?” Selecting any topic opens a series of three thought-provoking questions in the chosen area. Answering each question “yes,” “no,” or “maybe,” leads to a statement of what that reply means and, finally, a chance to answer the Main Question in that area. You can even compare your answers to those of other respondents, with bar graphs updated in real time!

Why Is It Important To Me?

The choices not only stimulate thought but show that different answers are possible and acceptable. Each answer represents viewpoints and reasons that vary among people – often in surprising ways. This learning tool is a conversation starter, a basis for debates, and an exercise in tolerance and understanding others. Using it at home or in the classroom can enhance your grasp of the public concerns surrounding genomic progress and its influence in our lives.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Disciplinary Core Ideas: Life Sciences (LS3; LS4); Earth and Space Sciences (ESS3); Crosscutting Concepts: Science is a Human Endeavor; Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World; Practices