Use of Virtual Experimental Platforms for Genetics Instruction
Michael Wooten, Auburn University, United States
Global Learn, in Limerick, Ireland Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
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.
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).
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