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Evaluating the design of the virtual microscope with students

Project leader(s): 
Christothea Herodotou
Faculty: 
WELS
Status: 
Current

In this eSTEeM project, we aim to evaluate the design and use of the new virtual microscope to be released in Oct 2021. In particular, we will recruit 30 Level 1 science students. We will then allocate selected students to three groups of 10 considering for a balance in gender, age, and previous performance across groups. All three groups will be asked to complete and submit a teaching activity that makes use of the new virtual microscope: Group A will complete the activity with no support, Group B will have access to a workbook and Group C will have access to a teacher that can answer any questions they may have. Groups A and B will complete the activity asynchronously, while Group C will do so synchronously. By the end of the activity all three groups will be asked to complete a questionnaire assessing their experience of using the new tool, difficulties they faced, use and effectiveness of support provided, and suggestions for improvements. Insights will inform the preparation of student support materials.

Christothea Herodotou poster (PDF)

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