Avida-ED 3.0 BETA Released – June 18, 2016
• A beta version of the next major version of Avida-ED was released June 18, 2016 at the national Evolution 2016 conference. The new version works across all major operating systems by running in the browser.
Visit the Avida-ED 3.0 BETA release access page, which has a link to the application served from our site, and also installer packages for both MacOS and Windows. The platform-specific installers set up a local web server on your machine and launch an instance of Avida-ED Web 3.0 in your default browser.
If you have trouble with the above link, visit the Avida-ED 3.0 BETA release access page mirror.
– The second national Avida-ED Active LENS Workshop for faculty was held June 9-11, 2016 at Lyman Briggs College and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action here at MSU. [Photo: Wesley Elsberry]
|NEWS AND UPDATES
• July 4, 2016: Michael Wiser. Conference Tutorial: “AVIDA-ED: Avida-ED, a tool for teaching a classroom research.” ALife XV. Cancun, Mexico.
• June 28, 2016: Amy Lark. Conference Workshop: “Engaging Students in Authentic Science Research Teacher Institute” Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
• June 20, 2016: Jim Smith & Cory Kohn. Conference Workshop: “Avida-ED: An artificial life platform for teaching evolutionary principles and how to “do” science.” 2016 National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Quantitative Biology. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
• June 18, 2016: Michael Wiser, Cory Kohn, Louise Mead, James Smith, Robert T. Pennock. “Comparing Human and Machine Learning Scoring of Open-Ended Responses About Natural Selection” Evolution 2016. Austin, TX.
• June 18, 2016: Robert T. Pennock, Charles Ofria, Diane Blackwood, Matt Rupp. “Avida-ED 3.0: The Digital Evolution Education Platform, Now in the Browser.” Evolution 2016. Austin, TX.
• June 9 – 11: The 2nd national Avida-ED Active LENS Workshop for faculty held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
• September 7, 2014: Avida-ED curriculum article published in American Biology Teacher: Amy Lark, Gail Richmond, Robert T. Pennock. “Modeling Evolution in the Classroom: The Case of the Fukushima Butterflies” (2014, 76(7):450-454).
The following representative comments are taken from interviews with instructors
– “I want students to be engaged in something that is their own. [Avida-ED gives them] the opportunity to go in and interact with the process. … We can play out fairly complex relationships in a short amount of time. … The flexibility allows the students to have a much richer experience than some of the other kinds of labs that you see people doing.” – Small University Professor- “We have run real-time evolution experiments with microbes, however, there is no other system that allows students to focus on the most important aspects of experimental science (hypothesis generation, experiment design/implementation/re-design/analysis, etc.) than Avida-ED. Avida-ED allows the students to concentrate on the “thinking” parts of experimental science as opposed to the “doing” parts.” – Research University Professor
– “Avida-ED is the only tool out there students can use to explore the dynamics of evolution. It allows them to see an active model of evolution and understand what a mechanism is.” – HBCU Professor
– “I liked the idea of [Avida-ED] being more open ended, so I could say I want you to define a question and see if you can explore it in this environment. That was different from a lot of the other computer-based [educational software] that were geared to teaching a particular fact about the model or microevolution or whatever.” – Research University Professor, upper division course
– “For me it was having the students work with something hands-on rather than giving them a case study that we were telling them about. They could do something with it.” – Lab Instructor in Residential College
– “Avida-ED makes me think that people are capable of understanding [evolution]. I have rejected what most people say, that most people aren’t going to get this, the general population can’t get this, it’s too hard. And [I say], no, the general population isn’t getting this because we’re not giving them experiences like Avida-ED.” – High School AP Biology Teacher
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