Using the web to encourage student-generated questions in large-format introductory biology classes. Academic Article uri icon


  • Students rarely ask questions related to course content in large-format introductory classes. The use of a Web-based forum devoted to student-generated questions was explored in a second-semester introductory biology course. Approximately 80% of the enrolled students asked at least one question about course content during each of three semesters during which this approach was implemented. About 95% of the students who posted questions reported reading the instructor's response to their questions. Although doing so did not contribute to their grade in the course, approximately 75% of the students reported reading questions posted by other students in the class. Approximately 60% of the students reported that the Web-based question-asking activity contributed to their learning of biology.

published proceedings

  • CBE Life Sci Educ

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Colbert, J. T., Olson, J. K., & Clough, M. P.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Colbert, James T||Olson, Joanne K||Clough, Michael P

editor list (cited editors)

  • Tomanek, D.

publication date

  • March 2007