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Author(s): Margarida Fonseca Cardoso
Teresa Correia
Title: Redesigning the Way Basic Biostatistics Is Trained to the Undergraduate Degree in Aquatic Sciences: A Blended Learning Approach
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: The undergraduate degree in Aquatic Sciences was reformulated recently according to the Bologna Process.As in any other degree in applied biology, students are required to satisfy a biostatistics requirement. New educational technologies such as Moodle are available in the University of Porto as a tool to promote the blended learning experience among the academic community. This was an excellent opportunity to change the learning process. In redesigning this course, the classical programme in basic biostatistics was maintained but emphasis was given to the problem solving component. The exposition to small biological problems explored both theoretical and practical aspects of biostatistics, including verbal and written communication. A final assignment with the collaboration of researchers from the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) gave them a first insight into the professional world in the Aquatic Sciences area. A Forum gave the opportunity to contact the teacher whenever necessary, to ask questions about the assignments and exam, but was also a way to involve students in the learning process. The success achieved with this experience of blended learning has shown its potential in teaching different biostatistics courses.
Subject: Ciências da educação, Ciências Tecnológicas, Ciências da educação
Educational sciences, Technological sciences, Educational sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Ciências da educação
Social sciences::Educational sciences
Source: IASK - International Association for the Scientific Knowledge
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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