Developments in authentic learning: A woman's reproductive life cycle

Michael James KEPPELL, Mary E. WLODEK, Sophie PING, Gregor KENNEDY, Jennifer KIRK, Terry JUDD

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of a computer-facilitated learning package that integrates the various stages of A Woman's Reproductive Life Cycle integrating reproductive and endocrine physiology. The authentic learning design of the package follows the developmental journey of a woman throughout her major reproductive life stages from birth to menopause incorporating puberty, menstrual cycles, contraception and pregnancy. A core component of the package is a graphical simulation tool, which has been developed to encourage exploration and understanding of the complex mechanisms involved in hormonal regulation of the menstrual cycle which is complemented by anatomical resources of female reproductive anatomy. An initial evaluation of the menstrual cycle module was undertaken to determine future design directions. One hundred and twenty-three second year physiology students participated in the formative evaluation of the module. Copyright © 2003 The Association for Advancement of Computing in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2003
EditorsDavid LASSNER, Carmel MCNAUGHT
Place of PublicationChesapeake, VA
PublisherThe Association for Advancement of Computing in Education
Pages1431-1438
ISBN (Print)9781880094488
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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menstrual cycle
life cycle (organisms)
learning
physiology
menopause
contraception
hormonal regulation
puberty
education
students
pregnancy

Citation

Keppell, M., Wlodek, M., Ping, S., Kennedy, G., Kirk, J. & Judd, T. (2003). Developments in authentic learning: A woman's reproductive life cycle. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2003 (pp. 1431-1438). Chesapeake, VA: The Association for Advancement of Computing in Education.

Keywords

  • Developmental stages
  • Integration