It’s All Genetics to Me!: Designing Interactive Online Modules to Foster Student-Centered Learning in Introductory Genetics Courses

ID: 49459 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Maria Papaconstantinou, University of Toronto, Canada

Thursday, June 30 3:25-3:45 PM Location: Pavilion Ballroom B

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Abstract: Online learning modules have been shown to engage students and enhance learning and retention of core concepts in a variety of disciplines. To facilitate and reinforce understanding and application of course concepts, to foster student engagement and skill development and to improve learning outcomes, interactive re-useable learning modules were developed and delivered online to students as a novel teaching strategy in a large introductory genetics course. These self-paced online modules integrate active learning and assessment activities and allow delivery of course content outside of class, enabling active learning-based activities during face-to-face time. In this session, the creation and administration of the online learning modules and the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned will be discussed. In addition, examples of these modules and evaluative data assessing student satisfaction and the effectiveness of the modules in translating key learning outcomes will be shared.


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