ERIC Number: ED406174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-23
Evaluating Computer Lab Modules for Large Biology Courses.
Eichinger, David C.; And Others
This paper describes the first phase of a study to investigate students' evaluations of computer laboratory modules in a university-level, non-majors biology course. The National Science Foundation-funded project has two primary goals: (1) to develop programmable, multifunctional Bio LabStations for data collection and analysis, lab extensions, simulations, and student assessment; and (2) to implement, evaluate, revise, and finalize a series of laboratory exercises under actual classroom conditions. Field observations of the labs and student responses to a written survey administered at the end of the first year of the project indicate: (1) the computer modules are helpful in understanding the lab because the students receive a strong visual/mental image of the experiment or simulation; (2) a general approval of using computers in the lab because computers are perceived to be a necessary component of modern science; and (3) strong preferences and dislikes for particular lab modules based on each module's perceived ease of use and the importance of the topic to the student. Appendices include a description of computer lab module activities, survey questions, and computer hardware and software used in Biology 110 and Biology 111 at Purdue University. Contains 21 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (70th, Oak Brook, IL, March 23, 1997).