DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERNET-BASED STUDY GUIDE TO HELP STUDENTS IDENTIFY INTERIOR PLANT SPECIES

M.E. Compton
The school of agriculture at the university of Wisconsin-Platteville has offered an interior plants course as part of its curricula for several years. One main objective of the course is to teach students how to correctly identify selected plant species used in interior plantscapes. Students typically find the memorization and spelling of Latin names difficult. Recognizing this problem, we have developed a method that couples digital technology and the internet, specifically BLACKBOARD COURSEINFO™, to develop study guides that allow students to effectively learn and spell plant names. Images of selected plants were inserted into a POWERPOINT® file, which was uploaded into BLACKBOARD COURSEINFO™, an internet-based course utility. An “answer sheet” was developed using the assessments section of the program which contained a “fill-in-the-blank” quiz. The program was set up in a manner that allowed students to type in their answers and receive immediate feedback as to the accuracy of their response. Students were allowed to access the study guide for two weeks prior to an in class exam. Data collected during the course of the experiment included the number of times that students used the practice quiz and their performance score on four plant identification exams. Data collected from students using the study guide were compared to the scores of students enrolled during semesters in which this technology was not available. Results indicated that exam scores of students using the study guide were higher than those that did not use the technology when available or students registered for the course during semesters in which the technology was not available.
Compton, M.E. (2004). DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERNET-BASED STUDY GUIDE TO HELP STUDENTS IDENTIFY INTERIOR PLANT SPECIES. Acta Hortic. 634, 255-260
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2004.634.33
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2004.634.33
plantscapes, house plants, plant identification, teaching methods
English

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