Online Teaching I
Learning Fungal and Plant Biology via “Science Mobile”
Dr. Cheung-Ming CHOW, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Mr. Siu-Kwan WONG, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Ms. Ka-Man Carmen CHENG, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Abstract / Video
To promote knowledge integration, self-learning and ubiquitous learning among Biology students, we have so far created over 226 learning objects and 15 modules/learning paths under the themes “Plant Biodiversity” and “Fungal Biodiversity” in “Science Mobile” apps, including 19 videos, 1080 photos, 43 illustrations, 397 questions and more than 800 hashtags/links in addition to the basic information and descriptions.
In the pilot test during the 1st term of 2019-20 academic year, “Science Mobile” has been implemented in one lab course (BIOL3012) and one lecture course (BIOL3560). In the lab course, to achieve ubiquitous learning, students were directed to the specimen-related learning objects in “Science Mobile” after scanning QR codes on the specimens. With the hashtags/links provided, this helps lab students to not only appreciate the significance of specimen features but also integrate their observations with knowledge from the relevant lectures. In the lecture course, to promote self-learning and knowledge sharing, each student was assigned to read a module in “Science Mobile” and then shared his/her knowledge in the class activity. In both courses, the student performance in the self-tests of “Science Mobile” is included in the course assessment’s scheme. During the 2nd term, “Science Mobile” has also been used in the distance learning. For the lab course (BIOL3022), PDF files with QR codes have been provided while students of a lecture course (BIOL3570) used relevant modules in “Science Mobile”for preparing their breakout room discussion.