An integrated approach to the use of complementary visual learning tools in an undergraduate microbiology class

McCabe, Bernadette (2011) An integrated approach to the use of complementary visual learning tools in an undergraduate microbiology class. Journal of Biological Education, 45 (4). pp. 236-243. ISSN 0021-9266


The ability to appreciate the inter-connectedness of complex biological relationships can be difficult for many
students. Graphical knowledge in the form of concept maps and flow charts are learning tools which can assist
students to recognise the inter-connectivity. This report focuses on a trial which incorporates these two related
visual learning tools using a tablet PC to support their instruction in an undergraduate introductory microbiology
class. The objectives of the trial were to introduce both concept maps and flow charts so as to assist
students in linking theory with practical knowledge, to make connections within and outside their course of
study, and to increase student preparedness and time management in laboratories. An integrated approach to
teaching using a pen-based technology with live audio visual in both lectures and laboratories was used. This
report details the implementation of the teaching approach focusing on the application of the concept maps and
flow charts and how tablet PC technology was incorporated in both settings. The evaluation results of the trial
are also reported indicating the impact of the integrated teaching approach on student learning experience and
concludes with potential areas for future consideration.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: Dr Bernadette McCabe
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2012 04:21
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 03:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: tablet PC technology; concept maps; flow charts; knowledge structures; metacognition
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080103 Computer Graphics
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/00219266.2010.549496

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