• Research study to understand the impact of a cyber-learning model on student outcomes
  • Focused on student learning of bioinformatics content
  • Will examine impacts on students’ knowledge integration, understanding of the nature of science, and argumentation skills
  • Project Partner: Concord Consortium (CC)
  • Funding source: National Science Foundation (NSF)

BSCS is partnering with Concord Consortium (CC) in a five-year, NSF-funded project led by CC to develop a cyber-learning environment that will engage students with the same processes used by scientists. High school students will participate in a virtual laboratory environment and learn firsthand how science knowledge develops in the rapidly changing biology fields of bioinformatics and DNA science.

BSCS will study the impact of a cyber-learning model on various student outcomes, including students' learning about biology concepts, their integration of biology knowledge, their skill at scientific argumentation, and their knowledge of the processes of modern science. BSCS will also study factors that mediate the effects of the Geniverse materials, including professional development, teacher content knowledge, and fidelity of implementation.

The Geniverse project builds upon previous work by the CC and will contribute important research findings about how to apply transformative cyber-learning models to core biology learning and how these new models can be effectively implemented in the classroom. Geniverse will enhance student learning about the process of science while creating and testing structures for researching this learning.

For more information, contact BSCS Science Educator Chris Wilson.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0918642. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.