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ERIC Number: EJ1135232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Student Preferences for Live versus Virtual Rats in a Learning Course
Elcoro, Mirari; Trundle, Melissa B.
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v7 n1 Article 16 Jan 2013
We examined the preference of undergraduate students for a live or a virtual rat when learning about concepts of operant conditioning. Students were provided with the opportunity to directly compare a virtual and a live rat in a supplemental exercise for Learning courses. We argue that the design of teaching exercises should involve a systematic examination of student preferences between different available techniques. In general, students preferred a live rat over a virtual rat when learning concepts in operant conditioning, specifically a fixed-ratio schedule of reinforcement. Students also listed advantages and disadvantages of using a virtual rat versus a live rat. These aspects evaluated by students are compared and contrasted with those provided by experts who have reviewed these learning exercises.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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