I reviewed this site for about an hour initially, then returned to it to plan how to use it in my general biology classes. I plan to use it in March.
Quality of Content: Comprehensive, accurate information from classical genetics to today?s advances in molecular genetics. The credibility of the source, the DNA Learning Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Lab, insures that learner that the information is ?first hand? and accurate. Much of the content is presented by the actual researchers (primary sources) and reflects the realism of day-to-day lab research conducted by real people. Wonderful historical reflection on DNA research as well as today?s progress.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool: This source addresses a variety of leaning styles by using tutorials, explanation of terms, audio/visual,animations, and interaction during the problem phase. The links are helpful to instructors and/or serve as a springboard for student reflections or projects on the topic. The information is presented in ways that are relevant to learners and the problem-solving approach helps learners advance to a higher level of learning and reasoning. This approach leads to more meaningful learning than just memorization. The lessons teach for understanding. These activities also expose learners to real science and the people who have contributed to our knowledge of DNA. They show that science is a means of problem solving that can be applied to other contexts. An index of content could be helpful, especially for students who are unfamiliar with the content. If it ould be more interactive (not just tutorial) the learners could be more involved.
Ease of Use: No problems here. It was very well organized and the format was consistent. Learners can focus on the content and not be bogged down with navigation issues.
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