Use of Apps in Higher Education: Can Students Benefit from a Mobile Makeover?

Veitch, N. and Scott, P. (2017) Use of Apps in Higher Education: Can Students Benefit from a Mobile Makeover? Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy, Edinburgh, Scotland, 29-30 Jun 2017.

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Abstract

Molecular biology theory and methods are now perceived fundamental and underpinning to all Life Sciences, however, students can often find molecular biology conceptually difficult. Distinct and tailored methods to engage all students are therefore paramount and a range of materials have been developed to accommodate a variety of student academic backgrounds. Digital media technology has been used to create a mobile app to support students studying molecular courses, in order to enhance understanding of molecular biology practical skills. The Molecular Methods app is available to download and is now being accessed globally. The app houses bespoke online resources, including explanations of many commonly used techniques such as PCR, cloning and DNA sequencing, illustrated with images and flow charts. Developed as a digital resource to support student learning, it contains University of Glasgow bespoke YouTube videos with linked revision quizzes, in order to enhance theoretical understanding of certain aspects of practical molecular biology. This app is aimed at students undertaking the Molecular Methods course as part of a Life Sciences undergraduate degree programme at the University of Glasgow, however, students from other Higher education establishments who are undertaking molecular biology practical work may also find it useful. The app has been developed in collaboration with undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants in order to ensure the material available is focused on areas that students find most challenging. Previous work showed that students engaged well with apps in this context at the University of Glasgow and now a feedback study is underway to examine if the Molecular Methods app enhances student learning at external institutions.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scott, Dr Pamela and Veitch, Dr Nicola
Authors: Veitch, N., and Scott, P.
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences

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