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CUREcasts: An Innovative Mechanism to Increase Communication of Scientific Outcomes to Novice and Expert Audiences within the Context of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences

    Authors: Jeffrey T. Olimpo1,*, Ruth Rodriguez2, Vanessa L. Lougheed3, Craig E. Tweedie4
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968; 2: Clint ISD Early College Academy, El Paso, TX 79928; 3: Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968; 4: Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968
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    • Received 06 August 2017 Accepted 07 January 2018 Published 27 April 2018
    • ©2018 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, B226, Biology Bldg., The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968. Phone: 915-747-6923. Fax: 915-747-5808. E-mail: [email protected].
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1426
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    Abstract:

    The recent advent of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) has provided a unique platform for immersing students in the process of scientific discovery. Inherent of this process and of the CURE paradigm is the expectation that the data obtained from such investigations have broader applications beyond the boundaries of the classroom. However, few studies have explored the mechanisms for dissemination of CURE student-generated results aside from in-class poster and/or oral presentations. In this article, we describe the creation of CUREcasts, which harness the power of video podcast media to effectively and succinctly capture the types of research upper-level Arctic/Polar science CURE students are engaged in and the methodologies used to conduct their investigations. We likewise illustrate how the EdPuzzle platform can be used to create educational tools for instructors and scientists alike. Lastly, Student Perceptions of Learning Gains (SPLG) data are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the CUREcast initiative in enhancing CURE student knowledge and affect in the domain.

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Abstract:

The recent advent of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) has provided a unique platform for immersing students in the process of scientific discovery. Inherent of this process and of the CURE paradigm is the expectation that the data obtained from such investigations have broader applications beyond the boundaries of the classroom. However, few studies have explored the mechanisms for dissemination of CURE student-generated results aside from in-class poster and/or oral presentations. In this article, we describe the creation of CUREcasts, which harness the power of video podcast media to effectively and succinctly capture the types of research upper-level Arctic/Polar science CURE students are engaged in and the methodologies used to conduct their investigations. We likewise illustrate how the EdPuzzle platform can be used to create educational tools for instructors and scientists alike. Lastly, Student Perceptions of Learning Gains (SPLG) data are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the CUREcast initiative in enhancing CURE student knowledge and affect in the domain.

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