Online teaching tool simplifies faculty use ofmultimedia and improves student interest and knowledge in science

John P. Walsh, Chih-Yuan Sun, Michelle Riconscente

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Abstract

Digital technologies can improve student interest and knowledge in science. However, researching the vast number of websites devoted to science education and integrating them into undergraduate curricula is time-consuming.We developed an Adobe ColdFusion- and Adobe Flash-based system for simplifying the construction, use, and delivery of electronic educational materials in science. The OnlineMultimedia Teaching Tool (OMTT) in Neuroscience was constructed from a ColdFusionbased online interface, which reduced the need for programming skills and the time for curriculum development. The OMTT in Neuroscience was used by faculty to enhance their lectures in existing curricula. Students had unlimited online access to encourage user-centered exploration. We found the OMTT was rapidly adapted by multiple professors, and its use by undergraduate students was consistent with the interpretation that the OMTT improved performance on exams and increased interest in the field of neuroscience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-308
Number of pages11
JournalCBE Life Sciences Education
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2011

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