Faculty Advisor

Gobert, Janice


While the expectations of the modern education system are expanding, effective methods ofassessing student knowledge have become outdated. There is a need for active learning methods and applications in which students can utilize critical thinking and develop inquiry skills for solving science problems. Through the use of ASSISTments, a cell biology based Microworld was created to target and reinforce scientific observation and knowledge of cells and organellefunction. In a pilot study, students were able to apply their content knowledge and adapt their skills to solve two problem scenarios related to cell health. The activity successfully assessed: students' inquiry skills, prior knowledge of cells, as well as students' abilities to actively learn within the microworld.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies