2021 journal article

A New Open-Source Web Application with Animations to Support Learning of Neuron-to-Neuron Signaling


By: C. LePrevost, W. Cope, Y. Shen & D. Wrights

author keywords: pesticides; toxicology; cellular biology; neurobiology; neurons; cell signaling; nervous system; jigsaw technique; cooperative learning; web application; animations
Source: Web Of Science
Added: December 20, 2021

Pesticides and their associated modes of action serve as real-world examples of chemical toxicity, stimulating student interest and supporting their understanding of nervous system function and cell signaling. An open-source web application called “Neuron-to-Neuron Normal and Toxic Actions” hosts narrated animations of pesticide toxic actions and exists as a resource for instructors of advanced secondary or undergraduate biology courses. This article describes the features of the web application, reports student feedback on the animations, and details a cooperative learning procedure for instructors to use the web application in online learning environments or in-person classroom settings with technology support.