Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Curriculum and Instruction
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Students rarely ask questions related to course content in large-format introductory classes. The use of a Web-based forum devoted to student-generated questions was explored in a second semester introductory biology course. Approximately 80% of the enrolled students asked at least one question about course content during each of three semesters during which this approach was implemented. About 95% of the students who posted questions reported reading the instructor’s response to their questions. Although doing so did not contribute to their grade in the course, approximately 75% of the students reported reading questions posted by other students in the class. Approximately 60% of the students reported that the Web-based question asking activity contributed to their learning of biology.
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Colbert, James T.; Olson, Joanne K.; and Clough, Michael P., "Using the Web to Encourage Student-generated Questions in Large-Format Introductory Biology Classes" (2007). Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Publications. 347.
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