GCAT Assessment Online

Dear GCAT participants,
GCAT participation includes the use of standardized assessment. To make this process easier and faster, we have launched an new online system.

The assessment is being coordinated by Dr. Scott Tonidandel at Davidson College.

Each student self-registers when he or she is ready to take the pre-survey.

Students must complete the entire survey at one sitting. Below are the results from 2009-2010 showing that students who worked with GCAT resources performed better on a series of 12 questions than a group of control students who only studied DNA microarrays as part of their lecture courses. The difference between the GCAT students and the control students was significant (p < 0.01).

Faculty Should have their students:

1) At the begining of the semester or project, take a student pre-survey that collects biographical information and a 12 question survey that should take 15 minutes or less.
Click here for pre-survey 2011 - 2012 academic year.

2) At the end of the semester or project, each student should take the post survey ( < 15 minutes).
Click here for post-survey 2011 - 2012 academic year.


Each Faculty member will:

1) Fill out a form at the end of the semester or project. (< 5 minutes).

Click here for faculty post-survey 2011-2012 academic year.


Faculty can verify their students' participation.
Password is emailed to instructors upon request to Malcolm (macampbell@davidson.edu)

Report of 2006 - 2007 academic year.

Report for 2007 - 2008 academic year.

Report for 2008 - 2009 academic year.

Report for 2009 - 2010 academic year

Report for 2010 - 2011 academic year


How GCAT Works

1) Malcolm Campbell collects requests for DNA chips; currently several species are available.

2) GCAT obtains microarrays from academic and commerical suppliers with HHMI funds.

3) Campbell distributes chips to faculty teaching undergraduates.

4) Undergraduates conduct experiments.

5) Chips are sent to GCAT to scan.

6) Campbell FTPs data to students for analysis.

7) Students and faculty complete assessment process.

If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact Dr. A. Malcolm Campbell

Dr. A. Malcolm Campbell, Director of GCAT
Biology Department
Davidson College
P. O. Box 7118
Davidson, NC 28035

phone: (704) 894-2692
fax: (704) 894-2512
email: macampbell@davidson.edu

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