The Viten Photosynthesis web resource developed by Wenche Erlien (The Norwegian Centre for Science Education), Cato Tandberg (Center for School Science, Dept. of Biology, University of Oslo) and Bjørn Vidnes (The Norwegian Centre for Science Education) is a top notch learning tool for students in General Biology or Botany courses.
Type of Material:
Website with animations and interactive activities.
Students would find this a useful adjunct to learning the mechanics is photosynthesis.
Web browser and Adobe Flash player.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
No specifically stated learning goals.
Target Student Population:
High-school or lower division college studetns.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some knowledge of plants and biomolecules would be helpful.
Evaluation and Observation
Animations are engaging
Includes material about C3, C$ and CAM photosynthesis
Covers the molecular, cellular and anatomical aspects of photosynthesis
All content appears to be accurate
The mechanism is simplified for learners new to photosynthesis
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Clear and easy to understand animations that will draw students in
Brief, but informative, text supplements animations
Interactive quizzes keep student interest
The results are given immediately with corrections if desired
Workbook allows student to review previous work and continue their progress
Many of the activities and animations are at the comprehension level, and while some of the questions involve critical thinking, there is not much flexibility in the possible solutions
A registration is required to allow students to type answers into the answer boxes
Some animations can be a bit slow to load over WiFi
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Organization and navigation are excellent
The animations worked on Mac (Firefox, Safari) and PC (Firefox)
The material is available in a several languages
Some material is presented on pop up windows that may be blocked on some users computers, which would require unblocking to view