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Education & Outreach

Nucera, Diana [1], Holladay, Steven [2], Schulz, Burkhard [3].

Video podCasts as a mean to teach Plant Physiology labs.

We present the use of student-produced video podCasts to help teach general Plant Physiology labs at Purdue University. Students from different areas of study enrolled in this course have learning goals that range from pursueing a Ph.D. to others who aspire to become landscape designers and related fields in between. The problem is how to overcome the learning gap of students with less experience in experimentation and still challenge students who already know the methodology. The classical "cookbook-like" instructions of labs will be expanded by a more visually appealing instructinal tool that will appeal to a mode of perception that students respond to more effectively, thus also retaining more information. A series of video-based podCasts which will serve as starting material for learning modules as visual instructions for basic experiments in plant physiology. Experimental approaches and basic research methodology which students use during performance of a set of ground covering experiments in plant physiology will be depicted. They serve as instruction which will be viewed and used by the students to learn about a detailed step by step procedure and highlight the theoretical background of the experiments. Additional background material accompanies the digital content in an easy to use menue driven database. The use of the material will also be used to develop a peer to peer learning situation for a selected set of experiments. The overall goal is to enable the students to 1) identify basic terminology related to lab and research procedures, 2) to identify single basic steps in lab and research procedures, 3) to carry out basic steps in lab and research procedures and to 4) develop a positive attitude towards the process of scientific discovery.


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1 - Chicago School of the Arts, Digital Media
2 - Purdue University, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 625 Agricultural Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN, 47907, USA
3 - Purdue University, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Keywords:
physiology education
video podCast
digital media content
web based learning modules
student learning.

Presentation Type: Plant Biology Abstract
Session: P
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: P46022
Abstract ID:2305


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