In this feature the user is asked to view an animation of cell division. After watching it a few times, he is asked to identify at least three different phases of cell division, give each phase a name, and fill in a description. This feature includes an animation movie of mitosis that can be controlled by the user and an edit entry to every phase which enables the user to add a frame number from the observed animation to each one of the separate phases.
The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
The feature aids learners in two aspects. First, it provides a scientific experience for the user when he needs to divide mitosis into different phases as real scientists do in the laboratory. Second, it provides guidance for how to divide a continuous process into different phases: practice in observing a process very carefully, identifying a separate phase, and trying to find things that only happen during that time.
Context of Use:
This feature is part of a TELS project Mitosis & Cell Processes IM (#16326)
Can be added at a later date… preliminary analysis is still under way.