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Aim High, Aim Low: Improving Learning in Large Biology Classes with High Tech Lectures and Low Tech Labs
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, , , , University of Maine, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

As budgets shrink and class sizes increase, we have used new educational technologies to increase access to our large introductory biology course while reducing costs and enhancing student creativity. We developed an interactive online lecture portion and inquiry-based labs, which dispense with “cook-book” formats and have students asking their own questions and designing their own experiments. The high-tech lecture portion was built on a Web course management system developed in house called Synapse that allows easy use of multimedia modules and “meeting rooms” for discussions and problem solving. We created animated lecture videos with study guides, and Synapse allows us to track individual student study-time. Labs are live, using safe and inexpensive materials, allowing students to continue experiments at home. The low-tech nature of the labs decreased costs, while training students as scientists. Results show increased understanding of concepts and appreciation of biology.

Citation

Tyler, M., Cowan, R., Dastoor, F. & Tracewski, K. (2015). Aim High, Aim Low: Improving Learning in Large Biology Classes with High Tech Lectures and Low Tech Labs. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 328-330). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 19, 2020 from .

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