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Cellular Transport

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Rebecca Vella Rebecca Vella

The incorporation of adaptive lessons into our introductory anatomy and physiology classes has given students the opportunity to explore complex ideas in a practical and personalised manner that normally wouldn’t be possible in large foundational courses.

As a lecturer in anatomy and physiology Rebecca was interested in developing new ways of teaching her practical classes while addressing the theoretical basis that underlies the exercises. She created a lesson that includes a virtual lab for her students to actively work through practical experiments related to the biology of cellular transport, and engaging online exercises to teach them the theories behind their results. Adaptive pathways were developed by using checkpoint questions that identify if a student is having difficulties with certain concepts. The student will then either be redirected to more specific content that explains the problem in greater detail, or receive adaptive feedback (via a pop-up) that can point them in the right direction before they attempt the question again.

Cellular transport lesson
Cellular transport lesson

The lesson is now more personalised for each student, and, as everything is recorded in the system’s inbuilt analytics program Rebeccca is able to assess her lesson structure and content and adjust them for future use. Since the lesson has been deployed, over 400 students have completed it, and their responses have validated Rebecca’s vision for how she’d like to continue teaching practical and theoretical material online.

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