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Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning

Robart, Bruce [1], Diggle, Pamela K. [2], Ziance, Kim [3], Kirchoff, Bruce K. [4], Meicenheimer, Roger D. [5].

Integrating Digital Imaging Into the Laboratory Curriculum.

DURING traditional flora, morphology, anatomy and general biology laboratories, observed materials are documented with hand-drawn images that are often very poor representations of the actual materials or if rendered more exactly, are tedious to obtain. While serious students may take the added time to properly document these materials, many others adopt a "see and flee" attitude. Digital images of biological materials, on the other hand, can be easily obtained by a variety of means: digital cameras, digital microscopes, and flatbed scanners. Our laboratory sessions are designed so that students collect and properly label images of available materials to illustrate their laboratory manuals and document their answers to laboratory exercises. We have discovered that not only do students synthesize what they have learned from textbook and lecture, the process of obtaining these images also actively engages students in the learning process through cooperative learning with each other and the instructor. The sense of accomplishment in this creative act generates positive feedback that further motivates students in the learning process. Students can also use images to share on websites or as study guides for quizzes and lab practicals. In this half day workshop we will showcase various student projects, demonstrate how to obtain digital images (computers and digital imaging devices will be available for use), and illustrate other uses of digital images such as video capture and 3-D rendering of serial sections. During this workshop, participants will also be encouraged to develop and share their own laboratory exercises that incorporate this technology.

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1 - University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Biology, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 15904
2 - University of Colorado, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCB 334, Boulder, Colorado, 80309, USA
3 - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Department of Biology, Johnstown, PA, 15904, USA
4 - University of North Carolina Greensboro, Department of Biology, Po Box 26170, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27402-6170, USA
5 - Miami University, Department of Botany, Oxford, Ohio, 45056, USA

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: W-07-1
Location: 304/Bell Memorial Union
Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM
Abstract ID:1061

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