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ERIC Number: EJ861636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
The Contribution of a Virtual Biology Laboratory to College Students' Learning
Swan, Aubrie E.; O'Donnell, Angela M.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v46 n4 p405-419 Nov 2009
The virtual laboratories developed by a life sciences department at a public university in the US were designed for use by college students enrolled in an introductory biology course. The results analyses conducted to examine their effectiveness indicated that self-selected users of the virtual laboratories outperformed non-users on laboratory practical exams and on items relevant to the laboratories included on the final practical exam but not on the final exam or other tests. A second comparison of two groups of users and non-users, matched by their results on the first hourly exam confirmed the findings. The finding that the users were more successful than the non-users could not be supported by a conclusion that the students had initial differences in quality. The results were replicated in a second semester, virtual laboratories-relevant final exam items, but not on the final exam or other tests. Users expressed positive attitudes toward the virtual laboratories. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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