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Pages: 6548-6555
Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-614-7423-3
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain

PEDAGOGICAL AND DIDACTICAL INNOVATIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION : TEACHING METHODOLOGIES IN IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY PRACTICALS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

C. Staneloudi, K. Chlichlia

Democritus University of Thrace, Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics (GREECE)
The aim of the laboratory exercises that are conducted in the Module of Molecular Immunology (taught to 3rd year students of Molecular Biology and Genetics Department (MBG), Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH)) is to provide training for selected standard immunological techniques and associated technical skills required in a molecular immunology laboratory. The practical work consists of 7 exercises and is supported by a plethora of teaching techniques. Methodologies such as PowerPoint presentations, showing videos and playing related computer and classroom games in addition to the experimental bench work, provide background theoretical knowledge and develop the qualitative, quantitative and analytical approach needed to understand the practical sessions. Moreover, students are taught important Immunology methods such as ELISA, Immunofluorescence, Flow Cytometry, through their real life application; setting up a hypothetical scenario students try to give answers using the aforementioned techniques. Additionally, an Immuno-Quiz and a Falcon Award Competition promote students´ enthusiasm for those techniques. These teaching “games” encourage them to collaborate with their working partner(s), brainstorm and give a short oral presentation summarizing all the techniques taught. Support to students attending the practicals is given through Open e-Class platform and tutoring upon request. Lab exercises are assessed with a 15min short test at the end of each session.
Following the final assessment, an evaluation questionnaire from student´s point of view based on questions regarding the learning benefit showed that these educational activities promote higher learning capacity with increased enthusiasm and interactivity.
In conclusion, implementation of innovative educational tools in Molecular Immunology laboratory courses and in the general field of Biology promotes a significant higher impact of academic teaching.
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title = {PEDAGOGICAL AND DIDACTICAL INNOVATIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION : TEACHING METHODOLOGIES IN IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY PRACTICALS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS},
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C. Staneloudi, K. Chlichlia (2011) PEDAGOGICAL AND DIDACTICAL INNOVATIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION : TEACHING METHODOLOGIES IN IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY PRACTICALS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, INTED2011 Proceedings, pp. 6548-6555.
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