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Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2019 Mar;47(2):133-139. doi: 10.1002/bmb.21208. Epub 2019 Jan 14.

Creating custom Foldit puzzles for teaching biochemistry.

Author information

1
College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115.
2
Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98195.
3
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98195.
4
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 80208.

Abstract

The computer game Foldit is currently widely used as a biology and biochemistry teaching aid. Herein, we introduce a new feature of Foldit called "custom contests" that allows educators to create puzzles that fit their curriculum. The effectiveness of the custom contests is demonstrated by the use of five distinct custom contests in an upper-level biochemistry class. The new custom contest feature can be implemented in classes ranging from middle school to graduate school to enable educators to best complement their current curriculum.

KEYWORDS:

Biochemistry; puzzles; web-based learning

PMID:
30638297
PMCID:
PMC6428574
[Available on 2020-03-01]
DOI:
10.1002/bmb.21208

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