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Use of Virtual Experimental Platforms for Genetics Instruction
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, Auburn University, United States

Global Learn, in Limerick, Ireland Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

This paper examines lessons gleaned during the development and use of Virtual Laboratory (VL) programming in an undergraduate Genetics course. In-house developed VLs and associated exercises have now been in use for two decades in a face-to-face setting and more recently in online versions of the course. The rationale for using VLs to replace hands-on experiments, along with the decision process in designing VLs to enhance student learning is discussed. A walk-through of the Electrophoresis Learning System (ELS) program with example exercises is presented. A classroom model designed for peer-peer learning that incorporates VLs is also described. Information gained regarding technical aspects of VL design and use is reviewed. The paper concludes with ideas for future directions with a focus on pedagogical improvements to better integrate active learning.

Citation

Wooten, M. (2016). Use of Virtual Experimental Platforms for Genetics Instruction. In Proceedings of Global Learn-Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 316-322). Limerick, Ireland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 17, 2019 from .

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