VERB: A Virtual Educational Resource for the Biosciences. Dr Helen Chatterjee, Division of Biosciences, UCL. Background. “ T oday's universities produce graduates who cannot describe the defining differences between snakes and earthworms ” Ken Bowler, Emeritus Professor of Zoology,
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Dr Helen Chatterjee, Division of Biosciences, UCL
“Today's universities produce graduates who cannot describe the defining differences between snakes and earthworms”
Emeritus Professor of Zoology,
Times Higher Education supplement, March 2007.
Vertebrate Diversity WebBook and Assessment Moodle pages developed by Alex Lee, 3rd year Zoology undergraduate, in collaboration with HC and Mark Carnall, Curator, Grant Museum of Zoology
Moodle quiz: 20 compulsory, random (easy, medium, hard) questions written by AL, HC, MC. Short answer and MCQ. Student’s received instant feedback (but not marks) when the quiz closed.
The aim of this questionnaire was to explore perceptions of users of this resource. Focusing on:1. The development of knowledge and understanding2. The usability of the resource.
“I learnt some new stuff, and it encouraged me to look up a couple of things that I had assumed were true but in fact were not”“More images would be ideal if possible, especially in the more diverse groups (when different body plans or specialisms are mentioned in the text)”“Pictures of the animals with their skin on! Would allow the form of the bones to be linked in to the form of the live animal and aid in visualising the phylogenetic relations”
The purpose of the pre- and post-assessment questionnaire was to assess student’s knowledge of animal diversity, taxonomy and evolution before and after the use of the BIOL1006 Vertebrate Diversify WebBook and Quiz, to see if the resource helps to support learning.
“It improved my knowledge and made everything easier to understand”“This has been really helpful, not only in completing the practical but to have something to refer back to for revision. It is invaluable to have one place to find all the info we need for this part of the module”“More pictures or links to external resources with pictures” “More practicals before hand”
There are 2 ways to access VERB:
1. Direct access via UCL Moodle:
…. by logging in as a guest you can directly access and view material in VERB within UCL’s Moodle site.
2. Download the VERB content package from JourmOpen:
…..by visiting the VERB JorumOpen webpage you can download and repackage VERB within your own VLE (such as Moodle or Blackboard).
For detailed instructions see ‘Guidance notes for accessing VERB’ available at the VERB JorumOpen webpage.