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Making the Basic Microbiology Laboratory an Exciting and Engaging Experience

    Authors: Jean Engohang-Ndong1,*, Donald G. Gerbig Jr.1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
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    • Published 06 May 2013
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. Phone: 330-308-7458. Fax: 330-339-3321. E-mail: jengohan@kent.edu.
    • ©2013 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2013 vol. 14 no. 1 125-126. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v14i1.532
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    Abstract:

    Teaching basic microbiology laboratory techniques to non-biology majors can be challenging. The students take the microbiology laboratory only because it is a requirement for their program and not by personal choice. Recently, we have developed a teaching approach that has shown to increase the interest and involvement of students in learning basic microbiology laboratory techniques. This approach consists of incorporating basic microbiology laboratory techniques in a semester long project that involves isolating an unknown bacterium from their environment at the beginning of the semester. Students apply basic microbiology techniques learned throughout the course to characterize and identify “their organism”. This approach encourages the inquisitiveness of students and provides relevance to the use of laboratory techniques.

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1. Cid AG, Rajal VB 2011 New teaching strategies to improve student performance in fundamentals of biotechnology J Microbiol Biol Educ 12 46 47
2. Marintcheva B 2012 Motivating students to learn biology vocabulary with Wikipedia J Microbiol Biol Educ 13 65 66
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Abstract:

Teaching basic microbiology laboratory techniques to non-biology majors can be challenging. The students take the microbiology laboratory only because it is a requirement for their program and not by personal choice. Recently, we have developed a teaching approach that has shown to increase the interest and involvement of students in learning basic microbiology laboratory techniques. This approach consists of incorporating basic microbiology laboratory techniques in a semester long project that involves isolating an unknown bacterium from their environment at the beginning of the semester. Students apply basic microbiology techniques learned throughout the course to characterize and identify “their organism”. This approach encourages the inquisitiveness of students and provides relevance to the use of laboratory techniques.

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