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Designing and Implementing Virtual Courseware to Promote Inquiry-based Learning

Web-based learning objects continue to evolve as technological advances enhance our ability to create and share high-quality learning resources. An important class of learning objects are simulations intended to supplement traditional science instruction. After several years of experience in this endeavor, the Virtual Courseware Project has arrived at a set of ten design principles that it uses to guide its development of new web-based learning activities. These guiding principles place an emphasis on educational standards, open-ended inquiry-based learning, scientific methodology, critical thinking, and an intuitive and interactive user interface that includes linear tours, assessment tools, and documentation. These design principles are exemplified in Drosophila, an activity for learning the genetics of inheritance.

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