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Trends Parasitol. 2016 Jul;32(7):522-530. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2016.04.004. Epub 2016 Apr 27.

Can New Digital Technologies Support Parasitology Teaching and Learning?

Author information

1
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Werribee, VIC 3030, Australia. Electronic address: jabbara@unimelb.edu.au.
2
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Werribee, VIC 3030, Australia.
3
ARC-SRI Science of Learning Research Centre, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia.

Abstract

Traditionally, parasitology courses have mostly been taught face-to-face on campus, but now digital technologies offer opportunities for teaching and learning. Here, we give a perspective on how new technologies might be used through student-centred teaching approaches. First, a snapshot of recent trends in the higher education is provided; then, a brief account is given of how digital technologies [e.g., massive open online courses (MOOCs), flipped classroom (FC), games, quizzes, dedicated Facebook, and digital badges] might promote parasitology teaching and learning in digital learning environments. In our opinion, some of these digital technologies might be useful for competency-based, self-regulated, learner-centred teaching and learning in an online or blended teaching environment.

KEYWORDS:

digital technologies; learning; parasitology; teaching

PMID:
27131629
DOI:
10.1016/j.pt.2016.04.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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