Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 215–225

Student Performance in a Multimedia Case-Study Environment

  • Bjørn H. K. Wolter
  • Mary A. Lundeberg
  • Mark Bergland
  • Karen Klyczek
  • Rafael Tosado
  • Arlin Toro
  • C. Dinitra White
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10956-012-9387-7

Cite this article as:
Wolter, B.H.K., Lundeberg, M.A., Bergland, M. et al. J Sci Educ Technol (2013) 22: 215. doi:10.1007/s10956-012-9387-7

Abstract

Does an online, multimedia case study influence students’ performance, motivation, and perceptions of science in collegiate level biology classes, and if so, how? One hundred and eight students in 5 classes from 4 campuses in the United States and Puerto Rico participated in data collection (performance tests, surveys and focus group interviews). Pre- and post-test results increased after students participated in the learning environment (F(1, 80) = 17.256, p ≤ 0.01, η2 = 0.177). Student confidence in their knowledge also increased. During focus group interviews students reported that the project was a good learning experience (95 %), would help with future classes or careers (87 %), and stimulated student curiosity by demonstrating the application of theoretical knowledge in real-world situations (64 %). The learning environment motivated students by making material relevant, which resulted in better performance. This pedagogical tool is not instructor dependent, and is adaptable.

Keywords

Pedagogy Case-based instruction College biology Performance 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bjørn H. K. Wolter
    • 1
  • Mary A. Lundeberg
    • 2
  • Mark Bergland
    • 2
  • Karen Klyczek
    • 2
  • Rafael Tosado
    • 3
  • Arlin Toro
    • 4
  • C. Dinitra White
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Fisheries and WildlifeMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of Wisconsin-River FallsRiver FallsUSA
  3. 3.School of Medical TechnologyUniversidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico-MetropolitanSan JuanUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico-San GermánSan GermánUSA
  5. 5.Department of BiologyNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityGreensboroUSA

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