A Web-based Adaptive Tutor to Teach PCR Primer Design

J.R. van Seters, J. Wellink, J. Tramper, M.J. Goedhart, M.A. Ossevoort

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When students have varying prior knowledge, personalized instruction is desirable. One way to personalize instruction is by using adaptive e-learning to offer training of varying complexity. In this study, we developed a web-based adaptive tutor to teach PCR primer design: the PCR Tutor. We used part of the Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (the three cognitive processes: remember, understand, and apply) to design exercises of varying complexity. Using this method, we demonstrated that we were able to systematically categorize exercises. There was also a good learning effect and a positive student perception when using the PCR Tutor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
JournalBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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