Instructor - WoWiWe Instruction Co.

INSTRUCTOR

Are you looking for a way to engage your students in biology? Always seeking ways to motivate your biology students? Searching for a teaching tool that can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum? Virtual Cell is the answer! This immersive simulation helps students learn about biology by embedding them in a three-dimensional (3-D) plant cell environment. The student is tasked with multiple goals, including identifying organelles and determining why certain organelles are not functioning correctly.

Through goal-based discovery and immediate feedback, students learn the general functioning of a plant cell. Best of all, Virtual Cell has been developed to align with content standards from biology courses in the high school and college level.

Virtual Cell provides multiple resources to assist you with classroom integration.

Resources:

  • User Manuals: Prepinars and a game manual enable quick integration and implementation into your curriculum

  • Videos: Tutorial videos to acquaint you with the Virtual Cell simulation

  • Quizzes: Embedded quizzes that ensure student learning

  • Built-In Tutorials: Virtual Cell aids the student with a robotic assistant and an easily accessible encyclopedia

Key Learning Benefits:

  • Role-based, immersive experience: Students take an active role in learning biology by immersing themselves in a three-dimensional biological environment.

  • Learn by doing: Students are provided with an opportunity to actively apply their biology knowledge through numerous learning tasks.

  • Self-directed learning: Students guide their own learning with helpful navigational resources and intelligent software tutoring.

Key Instructor Benefits:

  • Complements any biology course: Three flexible modules that can be easily integrated into a range of biology courses.

  • High school and university/college levels: Versions applicable to each education level

  • Easy to implement: Multiple options to integrate into curricula, including site licenses and individual student payment

  • Built-in tutoring: Virtual Cell offers a built-in robotic assistant that provides help when a student needs it. The robotic assistant provides advice, but does not mandate student action. In this way, students must make the decision.

  • Faculty user guides: Concise documents and videos to aid the instructor inside and outside of the classroom

Virtual Cell offers you and your students:

  • Game-like playing: Virtual Cell marries biology content to successful game design principles to ensure playing is fun, interactive, entertaining and engaging.

  • Highly interactive and three-dimensional simulation: Provides a multi-sensory complement to aid instructors in teaching biology.

  • Role-based, immersive experience: Students take an active role in learning biology by immersing themselves in a three-dimensional biological environment.

  • Self-directed learning: Students guide their own learning with helpful navigational resources and intelligent software tutoring.

Virtual Cell can flexibly fit into any biology curriculum. We offer four modules:

  • Mission 1: Investigate Cell Structure/ Organelle Identification
    Students identify organelles using biological assays to detect marker substances

  • Mission 2: Investigate Cellular Respiration Electron Transport Chain
    Students examine the electron transport chain and restore a mitochondrion to working order

  • Mission 3: Investigate and Understand the Photosynthesis Process
    In this mission, students diagnose and remedy problems in photosynthesis

  • Mission 4: Investigate and Understand the Process of Osmosis
    Students observe osmotic pressure and destroy blockages to establish balance in the cell

Best of all, we offer both individual licenses as well as site licenses. Contact us today to learn more on how to integrate Virtual Cell into your biology curriculum.

Virtual Cell Supports Next Generation Science Standards:

  • HS-LS1-2 [Identification Module]: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. See more...

  • HS-LS1-7 [Electron Transport Chain Module]: Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy. See more...

  • HS-LS1-5 [Photosynthesis Module]: Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. See more...

  • MS-LS1-6 [Photosynthesis Module]: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms. See more...

  • HS-LS1-3 [Osmosis Module]: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. See more...

  • HS-LS1-1 [Future Modules: Transcription/Translation]: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. See more...