The effectiveness of a virtual field trip (VFT) module in learning biology

Norbaizura Haris, Kamisah Osman

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Abstract

Virtual Field Trip is a computer aided module of science developed to study the Colonisation and Succession in Mangrove Swamps, as an alternative to the real field trip in Form for Biology. This study is to identify the effectiveness of the Virtual Field Trip (VFT) module towards the level of achievement in the formative test for this topic. This study was conducted to 60 students employing a quasi-experimental design involving a treatment group taught using the VFT module and a control group who were taught using conventional methods. Analysis into the effectiveness of the virtual module was done descriptively, followed by inferential analysis involving the two-way ANOVA. The results showed significant differences in the mean scores of pre and post achievement between students taught using VFT and students who were taught using conventional methods for objective, structure and essay type questions. The study concluded that teaching and learning by using the VFT module, integrated with ICT, has a positive impact on student achievement whencompared to conventional methods. This study focuses on the use of the VFT recognizing that teachers are often unable to conduct a real field trip on location.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalTurkish Online Journal of Distance Education
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Biology learning
  • Computer-aided learning (CAL)
  • Mangrove swamps ecosystem (MSE)
  • Virtual field trip (VFT)

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The effectiveness of a virtual field trip (VFT) module in learning biology. / Haris, Norbaizura; Osman, Kamisah.

In: Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2015, p. 102-117.

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