The CD-ROM contains tutorials, interactive problems and self-tests. For
some topics a tutorial introduces the subject with animations and illustrations
of basic genetic concepts required to solve the problems. Additional concepts
are introduced through the interactive problems which take the student
in a step-wise manner through a complex problem. Using our teaching experience
to recognize the errors students most frequently make and where they have
conceptual difficulties, we have provided tailored feedback to predictable
classes of wrong answers.
This feedback acts as a personal tutor that is infinitely patient and
always available. Use of interactive graphics and the "game-like" challenge
to obtain the correct answer, with the positive feedback, motivates students
to focus and complete the problems.
A self test consists of short questions on single steps from a set of
problems. The student is allowed multiple attempts at each question; there
is a link to a related problem with feedback for students who need more
assistance. At the end of the quiz, a score is provided along with correct
answers for questions missed. Several variations of each test are available.
The student can navigate through any of these sections in a linear manner
by obtaining the correct answer or may move forward or backward through
the sections using "Navigation" in the top menu bar.