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Connecting Concepts: Interactive Lessons in Biology, Ecology, Population Dynamics

By Robert Jeanne1, Jan Cheetham1, Lee Clippard1, Alan Wolf2, Les Howles1, Edna Francisco1, Michelle Glenetski1, Bahman Zakeri1, Cidney Frietag1, Steven Clark1, Sainath Suryanarayanan1, Ben Schulte1, Olaf Olson1

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2. Learning Technology and Distance Education & Center for Biology Education

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  1. Monika Norea Herbst

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I am reviewing this as a  student. All the information in this tutorial was relevant to real world examples, and the interactive lesson was easy to follow. I did have a few issues with it. The cartoons and the delivery of the information comes off as childish so for any student who does not grasp these concepts to the extent he or she would like might feel discouraged as a result. Also, when you get a question wrong, the program does not tell you how to do the problem correctly step by step, which from my perspective is necessary when learning a concept that uses math.

    Overall, I would only use this when trying to remember logistic growth concepts, I would not use this to learn them.

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  2. Hayley Orndorf

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I am reviewing this module as a student who has taken ecology. I will specifically be reviewing the first part of the module, and its effectiveness in creating a real scenario. The first part investigates the growth of invasive species, specifically zebra mussels. The module does not merely present the idea that invasive species grow by exponential growth, but the student comes to that conclusion through "data collection" and interpretation. The students are presented with three hypothetical opinions and then work to determine which is correct.  I find this to stick with students more rather than just explaining that invasive species tend to grow exponentially. 

    As a student, the module in its entirety can become a bit repetitive, and the multiple choice questions are very basic, promoting some students to just click through, collect the correct answers and complete all the tasks. Maybe it should be assigned by its separate parts to encourage participation. 

     

     

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