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Connecting Concepts: Animal Physiology/Homeostasis 3: Does Ben Have Diabetes?

Students learn about negative feedback regulation of glucose and play the role of doctor to determine if Ben, a fellow student, has diabetes. Students will: 1) learn about symptoms and causes of diabetes; 2) step through an animation depicting feedback regulation by insulin; 3) exercise their clinical thinking skills by completing a case study in which they examine Ben’s symptoms and family history of diabetes, interpret the result of his glucose tolerance test, and answer his questions about his condition/treatment options.


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Camille Freeman
Camille Freeman (Faculty)
8 years ago

In this activity students assess and interact with a client/patient and learn about negative feedback loops. The information is fairly basic, and this would be a useful exercise for students who are having difficulty understanding the difference between negative and positive feedback. I appreciated the additional links that appear when you've completed the activity. It's nice to encourage the students to continue exploring. 

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 5-10 min
Marty Zahn
Marty Zahn (Retired Faculty)
9 years ago

Part three of three excellent interactive exercises that investigate the concept of homeostasis. Students are required to draw conclusions from information and data provided. This is a very difficult concept for students. Very well organized and well written. Used in my classes.

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Requires Flash player

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1/2 hour