Students use technology to increase success in the classroom
Nov 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Print
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Blogging for grades might not be the norm for most colleges, but for Wichita State's human anatomy and physiology students, online blogging is becoming second nature.

Francis Haik
Francis Haik
That's thanks to Francis Haik, a senior chemistry major who developed a blog to help students study for human anatomy and physiology. The blog allows users to click on links to YouTube videos for further instruction.

"I started a blog because this class is centered on visuals," said Haik. "If you can get the visuals, you can get the concept."

As a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader, Haik hopes the visuals on YouTube will help his SI students understand the core concepts of the class. The blog will also allow for discussion and feedback.

For an example, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phn0ePfaX3c.

"I'm a blog person, but I like to comment and discuss things with people," said Haik.

The blog is an example of students using technology in the classroom to make a difficult subject easier.

Joe Shellhammer
Joe Shellhammer
"The students that have either asked or commented on it have been positive," said Joe Shellhammer, Fairmount lecturer of biological sciences, and instructor of human anatomy and physiology.

Although he wasn't sure if the blog was responsible, Shellhammer noted that test scores were higher after he told his class about the blog.

"I've been impressed," he said.

Shellhammer and Haik agree that the visuals add substance to classroom lectures.

He said the blog has been an asset to him, as well.

"It's helped me," said Shellhammer. "I've looked at a few things on there. The visual part has been beneficial."

Students have found that the blog lets them dive deeper into subjects and material they are unfamiliar with.

Haik does his best to update the blog before every test, making sure the students have the correct materials and instruction to successfully pass their exams.

The blog, http://anatomyphysiologywsu.blogspot.com/, is available to anyone in need of assistance in human anatomy and physiology. For more information, call the Office of Supplemental Instruction at (316) 978-3847.

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