Can we calm first-year student’s “neuroscience anxiety” with adaptive learning resources? A pilot study

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Abstract

An understanding of neurophysiology is vital for undergraduate allied health students; however, it is often perceived as an intimidating and difficult subject. Adaptive learning presents a novel teaching pedagogy to enhance student learning and engagement in the teaching of neurophysiology to first year students. An adaptive online neurophysiology lesson was developed in the Smart Sparrow platform. The lesson was piloted and evaluated using a survey and focus group. Of the 26 students that completed the survey, 21 students indicated that they had a better understanding of the nervous system topic after they completed the lesson. Students found the lesson was helpful in assisting with their understanding of the nervous system, whilst also being interesting and engaging. Findings from this pilot project revealed adaptive learning technologies show significant promise in enhancing student learning in a difficult first year subject.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2018
Subtitle of host publicationAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Deakin University, Geelong, Australia Conference proceedings 25-28 November 2018
PublisherDeakin University
Pages451-455
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2018
Event35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Deakin Univeristy, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
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Conference

Conference35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titleOpen oceans: learning without borders
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityGeelong
Period25/11/1828/11/18
OtherThe ASCILITE 2018 Conference is ASCILITE’s 35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. This year’s conference was hosted by Deakin University and held at the University’s Waterfront Campus, Geelong, between 25 to 28 November 2018.

The theme for ASCILITE 2018 was Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Picture sitting on a beach and looking at the ocean, stretching before you towards the horizon, and dreaming about the possibilities, reflecting on the past, or being mindfully present in the moment. The sea is vast. This vision captures the infinite possibilities when considering innovation, practice and research in the use of educational technologies in tertiary education.
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