Target Student Population:
Upper level undergraduates
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Advanced knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology or bioinformatics
Type of Material:
To solve bioinformatics problems in or out of class
Evaluation and Observation
Excellent java-based programs for basic bioinformatics manipulations.
Fast programs produce high quality graphical outputs.
Contains most of the types of manipulations students would need in class.
Restriction digestion program only allows students to select two enzymes, however, they can do a restriction map which uses all enzymes. Selecting for say 6-base cutters only would be a nice option.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
High quality, free, bioinformatics programs that could easily be incorporated into any course, or inserted directly into a course webpage.
Compatible with inquiry-based learning approaches in molecular biology and genetics lab courses.
Would be possible to develop assignments using these tools.
Very little instruction on what the tools do and what the results mean.
No existing tutorials or lessons attached to the tools.
No suggestions for teachers on how to incorporate the tools into their classrooms.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Simple straightforward page design. No dead links, operates quickly.
Very consistent layout, easy to find appropriate tools.
Contains sample data so that students can see how to input their data, and what a sample output will look like.
Lots of copying and pasting to move sequences from one tool to the next. Would need to have a text page open to store inputs and outputs.
Very brief instructions for students who may be first time users.