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Visionlearning

Visionlearning

Visionlearning is a new educational resource for teaching and learning science. Written by educators specifically for educators and students, Visionlearning teaching material avoids the weaknesses of traditional textbooks by offering concise, focused learning modules that integrate interactive exercises, news stories, biographies and other key resources to excite students about learning. While traditional textbooks have been called a mile wide and an inch thick because they provide pages of irrelevant material but little quality content, Visionlearning users have described these resources as both "more focused and to-the-point than a [text]book while also being more detailed than a book." According to the authors, this contradiction in terms is possible because the learning module design provides concise, text-based lessons within an environment of categorized hyperlinks to additional readings. The materials are designed to teach students about the excitement of scientific inquiry, not simply the process of memorizing scientific concepts. In addition to the Web site, the authors offer companion workbooks, and if you decide to use these modules the authors ask to be informed if there is any way they can improve the site. The Visionlearning site is a growing interdisciplinary science teaching site that uses a standardized module interface. For example, visit the lessons in the library at the mirror URL Lessons in chemistry, biology, and geology contain not only text, but news stories, movies, interactive animations (dissolving salt and solid/liquid/gas animation) and more.

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Julie Durer
Julie Durer (Faculty)
17 years ago
This is a really well organized and helpful site. I've found it incredibly easy
to use and my students love having materials online rather than in a textbook.
The MyClassroom system is great. Bravo!

Technical Remarks:

Top notch.
Used in course? Yes
Andrew Carty
Andrew Carty (Faculty)
17 years ago
This is a truly innovative and high quality resource that epitomizes the goals
of the MERLOT project. This site contains professionally reviewed lessons that
are exceptionally accurate and easy to read. These materials cover
interdisciplinary topics and thus are widely applicable to core college and
advanced high school courses. This material very directly improves teaching and
is relatively easy to use. I would rate the overall effectiveness of this
material as excellent.

Technical Remarks:

This site contains text-based lessons, an interactive glossary, animations, news
stories, scientific biographies, multimedia, and practice tests all in a single
understandable format. I found the interface very easy to use with virtually
no errors. An excellent resource.
Used in course? Yes