2001．第16卷第2期（Vol. 16 No. 2）．pp. 213222
The Virtual School of Biodiversity: Virtual Scrapbook and Its Potential Applications
Benny K. K. CHAN, Dennis P. B. TONG, I. J. HODGKISS, Tim BRAILSFORD, & Will J. TREWHELLA
The Virtual School of Biodiversity (VSB) is a joint venture between the Department of Ecology and Biodiversity at The University of Hong Kong, the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at The University of Nottingham, and the Natural History Museum, London. Its objective is to provide a medium for cross-institutional collaboration and the joint delivery of quality-assured educational materials via the World Wide Web (WWW). One of the latest VSB developments is a Virtual Scrapbook that is a Web-based data and image management system for supporting teaching and learning in various disciplines. An initial application of this system in biology is for teaching about the classification and diversity of living organisms. In the past, this subject often involved detailed, teacher-centered lecturing on how living organisms are classified and on their taxonomic details. With the use of the Virtual Scrapbook, this subject can be taught using a more pedagogically sound, student-centered constructivist approach, which exploits the potential benefits to teaching and learning offered by multimedia and information technology.
Keywords: web-based learning; constructivist learning theory; student-centred learning