Hazelwood, Donna .
Increasing student involvement in assigned reading through video and computer generated presentations.
Engaging undergraduate students in video and computer generated group presentations on assigned reading in a general education/majors botany course increased participation and enthusiasm throughout the semester. Fall semester 2009, students were introduced to “ChloroFilms plant videos on YouTube”. Students were encouraged to explore various formats as an inspiration for presentations based on topics from the book, The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession", by Andrea Wulf. Discussion of the book and subsequent preparation for presentations occupied about 15 minutes of lab each week. Each student group chose a topic separate and distinct from the other groups, and each student was graded individually. Student contributions were on a defined portion of the topic and each student was accountable for research, imagery and presentation. Dedicated class time for the project served two purposes, one to allow group members to collaborate each week, and second, to reinforce the importance of the project. The final projects were presented by enthusiastic students and were well received by class members. In addition, the assignment received high ratings on student end-of-course evaluations. An unexpected, but welcome outcome occurred spring semester 2010, when students from botany who were enrolled in upper level biology courses, requested that final presentations on assigned reading follow a similar format.
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1 - Dakota State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Science Center, Madison, South Dakota, 57042, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Location: 554B/Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Time: 2:15 PM