Mastering Biology for Non-Majors Tour Video Transcript
Hi, I'm here to talk to you about some of the exciting features you'll find in Mastering Biology for Non-Majors.
This is an online homework, tutorial and assessment program that helps non-majors quickly master concepts. Students benefit from the self-paced tutorials with wrong-answer feedback and hints to help them stay on track.
First off, we look at how some non-major students struggle to learn key biology concepts. They would benefit from interacting with the material in addition to reading their textbook and listening to the lecture. With BioFlix Coaching Activities...
Students are engaged in learning key biology topics. Each activity begins with a 3-D, movie-quality animation that places the topic in a real-world context. Instructors can show these animations in class, and also assign them with interactive coaching activities that include wrong-answer feedback to guide students in learning from their mistakes.
Let's look at how Mastering Biology can help to motivate non-majors students by emphasizing the relevance of biology course topics to their everyday lives. Some non-majors students may expect their college biology class to be boring, but, with the New Everyday Biology Videos...
Instructors can enliven their classes by showing these videos in class and also assign the videos and assessment questions as homework to reinforce biology concepts. These 20 new videos offer a greater variety of high-quality films from which instructors can choose. Ultimately, this approach helps students see how biology is relevant to their lives.
From there, many instructors are looking for ways to foster a more engaging classroom experience. Some want to flip their classroom while many others are just looking for ways to increase student participation.
Learning Catalytics is an interactive, student response tool that uses students' smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more sophisticated tasks and thinking. You can pose a variety of open-ended questions that help your students develop critical thinking skills, while monitoring responses to find out where they're struggling, allowing you to adjust your instructional strategy in real-time. You can also use Learning Catalytics to automatically group students for peer-to-peer learning. Plus their work in Learning Catalytics feeds into the Mastering gradebook.
Next, sometimes the non-majors course requires students to learn biology terminology and other factual material. Some students have difficulty managing their study time. But with Dynamic Study Modules...
Students are able to study effectively on their own. They receive a manageable number of questions and must indicate their confidence in the answers. Learners cycle through a dynamic process of test-learn-retest until they achieve mastery of the material.
Finally, non-majors students sometimes enter the course with a vague understanding of the scientific method and little practice in applying critical thinking skills. Though they may perform adequately on lower-level test questions that require memorization, they sometimes struggle with questions that require higher-level application and evaluation skills. To overcome that challenge, Mastering Biology for Non-Majors offers a Variety of Additional Activities to build, practice, and assess their science literacy skills.
Instructors can assign activities with coaching feedback that helps their students learn and apply basic science literacy skills. The assessment questions hold students accountable for learning these skills and applying them in class and on tests.
And there you have it. That was a quick look at just a handful of the valuable features in Mastering Biology for Non-Majors. If you want to learn more about Mastering Biology for Non-Majors, go to Mastering BiologyforNon-Majors.com. And if you want to find out about all of Pearson's MyLab and Mastering products, be sure to check out Pearsonmylabandmastering.com. Thanks for watching.