Brazilian Journal of Microbiology Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
Braz J Microbiol 2018;49:942-8 - Vol. 49 Num.4 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjm.2018.04.005
Education in Microbiology
Adopt a Bacterium – an active and collaborative learning experience in microbiology based on social media
Marco Aurélio Floriano Piantolaa, Ana Carolina Ramos Morenoa, Heloísa Alonso Matieloa, Natalia Pasternak Taschnera, Rafael Ciro Marques Cavalcanteb, Samia Khanc, Rita de Cássia Café Ferreiraa,,
a Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
b Universidade Federal do Sergipe – Campus Lagarto, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Lagarto, SE, Brazil
c University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Received 14 November 2017, Accepted 06 April 2018
Abstract

The “Adopt a Bacterium” project is based on the use of social network as a tool in Microbiology undergraduate education, improving student learning and encouraging students to participate in collaborative learning. The approach involves active participation of both students and teachers, emphasizing knowledge exchange, based on widely used social media. Students were organized in groups and asked to adopt a specific bacterial genus and, subsequently, submit posts about “adopted genus”. The formative assessment is based on posting information on Facebook®, and the summative assessment involves presentation of seminars about the adopted theme. To evaluate the project, students filled out three anonymous and voluntary surveys. Most of the students enjoyed the activities and positively evaluated the experience. A large amount of students declared a change in their attitude towards the way they processed information, especially regarding the use of scientific sources. Finally, we evaluated knowledge retention six months after the end of the course and students were able to recall relevant Microbiology concepts. Our results suggest that the “Adopt a Bacterium” project represents a useful strategy in Microbiology learning and may be applied to other academic fields.

Keywords
Microbiology education, Active learning, Social Media
Braz J Microbiol 2018;49:942-8 - Vol. 49 Num.4 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjm.2018.04.005
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