ERIC Number: EJ1131069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Efficacy of a Meiosis Learning Module Developed for the Virtual Cell Animation Collection
Goff, Eric E.; Reindl, Katie M.; Johnson, Christina; McClean, Phillip; Offerdahl, Erika G.; Schroeder, Noah L.; White, Alan R.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v16 n1 Article 9 Mar 2017
Recent reports calling for change in undergraduate biology education have resulted in the redesign of many introductory biology courses. Reports on one common change to course structure, the active-learning environment, have placed an emphasis on student preparation, noting that the positive outcomes of active learning in the classroom depend greatly on how well the student prepares before class. As a possible preparatory resource, we test the efficacy of a learning module developed for the Virtual Cell Animation Collection. This module presents the concepts of meiosis in an interactive, dynamic environment that has previously been shown to facilitate learning in introductory biology students. Participants (n = 534) were enrolled in an introductory biology course and were presented the concepts of meiosis in one of two treatments: the interactive-learning module or a traditional lecture session. Analysis of student achievement shows that students who viewed the learning module as their only means of conceptual presentation scored significantly higher (d = 0.40, p < 0.001) than students who only attended a traditional lecture on the topic. Our results show the animation-based learning module effectively conveyed meiosis conceptual understanding, which suggests that it may facilitate student learning outside the classroom. Moreover, these results have implications for instructors seeking to expand their arsenal of tools for "flipping" undergraduate biology courses.
Descriptors: Animation, Cytology, Science Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Modules, Introductory Courses, College Science, Biology, Active Learning, Regression (Statistics), Pretests Posttests, Science Achievement, Multimedia Instruction, Preferences, Student Attitudes, Scientific Concepts, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0086142; 0618766; 0918955