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dc.contributor.authorCostantino, Paul
dc.identifier.citationCostantino, Paul J. 2012. A blended approach to supporting student learning in clinical microbiology laboratory classes, in Herrington, A. and Schrape, J. and Singh, K. (ed), Engaging students with learning technologies, pp. 15-34. Perth, Western Australia: Curtin University.

Traditional approaches to teaching clinical diagnostic microbiology utilise a gradual but repetitive regime of exposing students to working with and identifying various bacteria growing on artificial culture media. It was anticipated that the addition of a two camera video display system, utilising two 65 inch plasma televisions, into the microbiology laboratory would successfully enable a greater number of organism to be covered in a shorter period of teaching time. One of the main objectives of the system was to improve the ability of the students (n=52) to differentiate between potential pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria based upon the colony morphologies of the organisms on various culture media. 94% of the students agreed that their ability to recognize potential pathogens growing on agar media was improved by using the system. 100% of students agreed that the video projection system was a positive addition to the microbiology laboratory and 100% agreed that using the system during practical classes enhanced their learning of the material in the course. 90% feel that a similar system would be useful in other microbiology units they have studied. The system successfully enabled a content rich syllabus to be taught in limited period of time.

dc.publisherCurtin University
dc.subjectmicroscopic images
dc.subjectclinical microbiology
dc.subjectvideo display
dc.subjectmacroscopic images
dc.titleA blended approach to supporting student learning in clinical microbiology laboratory classes
dc.typeBook Chapter
dcterms.source.isbn978 0 646 58702 8

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