The use of gamification in the teaching of disease epidemics and pandemics.

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Robinson, Louise, Turner, Ian J. and Sweet, Michael J. 2018. The use of gamification in the teaching of disease epidemics and pandemics. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 365 (11), pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fny111
AuthorsRobinson, Louise, Turner, Ian J. and Sweet, Michael J.
Abstract

With the launch of the teaching excellence framework, teaching in higher education (HE) is under greater scrutiny than ever before. Didactic lecture delivery is still a core element of many HE programmes but there is now a greater expectation for academics to incorporate alternative approaches into their practice to increase student engagement. These approaches may include a large array of techniques from group activities, problem-based learning, practical experience and mock scenarios to newly emerging approaches such as flipped learning practices and the use of gamification. These participatory forms of learning encourage students to become more absorbed within a topic that may otherwise be seen as rather ‘dry’ and reduce students engagement with, and therefore retention of, material. Here we use participatory-based teaching approaches in microbiology as an example to illustrate to University undergraduate students the potentially devastating effects that a disease can have on a population. The ‘threat’ that diseases may pose and the manner in which they may spread and/or evolve can be challenging to communicate, especially in relation to the timescales associated with these factors in the case of an epidemic or pandemic.

KeywordsGamification; Disease; Epidemic; Modelling
Year2018
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Journal citation365 (11), pp. 1-4
PublisherOxford Academic
ISSN1574-6968
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fny111
Web address (URL)https://academic.oup.com/femsle/article/365/11/fny111/4987206?login=false
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, UK, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, UK and Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, UK
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Cook, J. M., Sweet, Michael J., Cavalli, Ottavia, Taggart, Angus and Edwards, Arwyn 2018. Topographic shading influences cryoconite morphodynamics and carbon exchange. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research.. https://doi.org/10.1080/15230430.2017.1414463
Rediscovery of the critically endangered ‘scarce yellow sally stonefly’ Isogenus nubecula in United Kingdom after a 22 year period of absence.
Davy-Bowker, John, Hammett, Michael J., Mauvisseau, Quentin and Sweet, Michael J. 2018. Rediscovery of the critically endangered ‘scarce yellow sally stonefly’ Isogenus nubecula in United Kingdom after a 22 year period of absence. Zootaxa. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4394.2.12
Topographic shading influences cryoconite morphodynamics and carbon exchange.
Cook, J. M., Sweet, Michael J., Cavalli, O., Taggart, A. and Edwards, A. 2018. Topographic shading influences cryoconite morphodynamics and carbon exchange. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research.. https://doi.org/10.1080/15230430.2017.1414463
Maintaining natural spawning timing in Acropora corals following long distance inter-continental transportation.
Craggs, Jamie, Guest, James R., Brett, Aaron, Davis, Michelle and Sweet, Michael J. 2018. Maintaining natural spawning timing in Acropora corals following long distance inter-continental transportation. Journal of zoo and aquarium research. https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v6i2.317
First detection of a highly invasive freshwater amphipod (Crangonyx floridanus) in the United Kingdom
Mauvisseau, Q., John Davy-Bowker, David Bryson, Graham R. Souch, Burian, A. and Michael Sweet 2018. First detection of a highly invasive freshwater amphipod (Crangonyx floridanus) in the United Kingdom. Regional Euro-Asian biological Invasions Centre. https://doi.org/10.1101/437301
An Introduction to Molecular Ecology
Rowe, G., Sweet, M. and Trevor Beebee 2017. An Introduction to Molecular Ecology. Oxford University Press.
Symbiotic microbes from marine invertebrates: Driving a new era of natural product drug discovery.
Blockley, Alix, Elliott, D., Roberts, Adam and Sweet, Michael J. 2017. Symbiotic microbes from marine invertebrates: Driving a new era of natural product drug discovery. Diversity. 9 (4), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.3390/d9040049
Designer reefs and coral probiotics; great concepts but are they good practice?
Sweet, M., Ramsey, A. and Bulling, M. 2017. Designer reefs and coral probiotics; great concepts but are they good practice? Biodiversity. https://doi.org/10.1080/14888386.2017.1307786
Inducing broadcast coral spawning ex situ: Closed system mesocosm design and husbandry protocol.
Craggs, Jamie, Guest, James R., Davis, Michelle, Simmons, Jeremy, Dashti, Ehsan and Sweet, Michael J. 2017. Inducing broadcast coral spawning ex situ: Closed system mesocosm design and husbandry protocol. Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3538
Evidence for rapid, tide-related shifts in the microbiome of the coral Coelastrea aspera
Sweet, Michael J., Brown, Barbara E., Dunne, Richard P., Singleton, Ian and Bulling, Mark T. 2017. Evidence for rapid, tide-related shifts in the microbiome of the coral Coelastrea aspera. Coral Reefs. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-017-1572-y
The “resort effect”: Can tourist islands act as refuges for coral reef species?
Charlotte Moritz, Frédéric Ducarme, Sweet, M., Michael D. Fox, Brian Zgliczynski, Nizam Ibrahim, Ahmed Basheer, Kathryn A. Furby, Zachary R. Caldwell, Chiara Pisapia, Gabriel Grimsditch and Ameer Abdulla 2017. The “resort effect”: Can tourist islands act as refuges for coral reef species? Diversity and Distributions. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12627
On the importance of the microbiome and pathobiome in coral health and disease
Sweet, M. and Bulling, M. 2017. On the importance of the microbiome and pathobiome in coral health and disease. Frontiers in Marine Sciences. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00009
'Yellow Syndrome' in scleractinian corals throughout Bintain District, Kepulauan Riau Province, Indonesia
Johan, O., Budianto, O. and Sweet, M. 2017. 'Yellow Syndrome' in scleractinian corals throughout Bintain District, Kepulauan Riau Province, Indonesia. Indonesia Aquaculture Journal. 12 (1), pp. 37-42. https://doi.org/10.15578/iaj.12.1.2017.37-42
Variation in size frequency distribution of coral populations under different fishing pressures in two contrasting locations in the Indian Ocean.
Grimsditch, Gabriel, Pisapia, Chiara, Huck, M., Karisa, Juliet, Obura, David and Sweet, M. 2017. Variation in size frequency distribution of coral populations under different fishing pressures in two contrasting locations in the Indian Ocean. Marine Environmental Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.09.017
Lonely heart columns: A novel and entertaining way of teaching students abstract writing skills
Turner, Ian J. and Beaumont, Ellen S. 2013. Lonely heart columns: A novel and entertaining way of teaching students abstract writing skills. Innovative Practice in Higher Education.
The application of games in higher education
Robinson, Louise 2016. The application of games in higher education. Journal of Academic Development and Education.
Juvenile “black teatfish” in Maldives
Sweet, M., Ducarme, F. and Conand, C. 2016. Juvenile “black teatfish” in Maldives. SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin #36. pp. 1-2.
Coral responses to anthropogenic stress in the twenty-first century: an ecophysiological perspective
Sweet, M. and Brown B.E. 2016. Coral responses to anthropogenic stress in the twenty-first century: an ecophysiological perspective. in: Oceanography and Marine Biology CRC Press. pp. 271 - 314
Is Acropora palmata recovering? A case study in Los Roques National Park, Venezula
Aldo Croquer, Francoise Cavada-Blanco, Ainhoa L Zubillaga, Esteban A Agudo-Adriani and Sweet, M. 2016. Is Acropora palmata recovering? A case study in Los Roques National Park, Venezula. PeerJ. (eCollection 2016). https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1539
The Simpsons in Higher Education
Turner, I. 2016. The Simpsons in Higher Education. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 2 (3), pp. 1-15.
Indentation recovery threshold using the Electrostatic Detection Apparatus®
Roloff, B., Offa, B. and Turner, I. 2016. Indentation recovery threshold using the Electrostatic Detection Apparatus®. Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal. 50 (1), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/00085030.2016.1222706
Baseline reef health surveys at Bangka Island (North Sulawesi, Indonesia) reveal new threats
Massimo Ponti, Francesca Fratangeli, Nicolò Dondi, Marco Segre Reinach, Clara Serra and Sweet, M. 2016. Baseline reef health surveys at Bangka Island (North Sulawesi, Indonesia) reveal new threats. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2614
The role of viruses in coral health and disease
Sweet, M. and John Bythell 2016. The role of viruses in coral health and disease. Journal of Invertebrate Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2016.12.005
Cetacean frustration: the representation of whales and dolphins in picture books for young children
Beaumont, Ellen S., Mudd, Phillipa, Turner, Ian J. and Barnes, Kate M. 2016. Cetacean frustration: the representation of whales and dolphins in picture books for young children. Early Childhood Education Journal. 45, p. 545–551. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-016-0819-5
Molecular changes in skin pigmented lesions of the coral trout Plectropomus leopardus
Adélaïde Lerebours, Emma C Chapman, Sweet, M., Jeanette M Rotchell and Michelle R Heupel 2016. Molecular changes in skin pigmented lesions of the coral trout Plectropomus leopardus. Marine Environmental Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.07.009
Influence of Resource Availability on the Foraging Strategies of the Triangle Butterflyfish Chaetodon triangulum in the Maldives
Sweet, M. 2016. Influence of Resource Availability on the Foraging Strategies of the Triangle Butterflyfish Chaetodon triangulum in the Maldives. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151923
New disease outbreak affects two dominant sea urchin species associated with Australian temperate reefs
Sweet, M. and Bulling, M. 2016. New disease outbreak affects two dominant sea urchin species associated with Australian temperate reefs. Marine Ecological Progress Series. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11750
A review of ghost gear entanglement amongst marine mammals, reptiles and elasmobranchs
Martin Stelfox, Jillian Hudgins and Sweet, M. 2016. A review of ghost gear entanglement amongst marine mammals, reptiles and elasmobranchs. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.034
Is Acropora Palmata recovering? A case study in Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
Croquer, Aldo, Cavada-Blanco, Francoise, Zubillaga, Ainhoa L., Agudo-Adriani, Esteban A. and Sweet, Michael J. 2016. Is Acropora Palmata recovering? A case study in Los Roques National Park, Venezuela. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1539
Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes
Joseph M Cook, Arwyn Edwards, Bulling, M., Luis A J Mur, Sophie Cook, Jarishma K Gokul, Karen A Cameron, Sweet, M. and Tristram D L Irvine-Fynn 2016. Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes. Environmental Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.13349
Coral responses to anthropogenic stress in the 21st Century – An ecophysiological perspective.
Sweet, Michael J. and Brown, Barbara E. 2016. Coral responses to anthropogenic stress in the 21st Century – An ecophysiological perspective. in: Taylor & Francis.
Prevalence and Incidence of Black Band Disease of Scleractinian Corals in the Kepulauan Seribu Region of Indonesia
Johan, Ofri, Zamany, Neviaty P., Smith, David and Sweet, M. 2016. Prevalence and Incidence of Black Band Disease of Scleractinian Corals in the Kepulauan Seribu Region of Indonesia. Diversity. https://doi.org/10.3390/d8020011
Microbial communities associated with healthy and white syndrome-affected Echinopora lamellose in aquaria and experimental treatment with the antibiotic ampicillin
Smith, D., Leary, P., Craggs, J., Bythell, J. and Sweet, M. 2015. Microbial communities associated with healthy and white syndrome-affected Echinopora lamellose in aquaria and experimental treatment with the antibiotic ampicillin. PLos ONE. 10 (3), pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0121780
Identification of a bacterial pathogen associated with Porites white patch syndrome in the Western Indian Ocean
Mathieu G Séré, Pablo Tortosa, Pascale Chabanet, Jean-Pascal Quod, Sweet, M. and Michael H Schleyer 2015. Identification of a bacterial pathogen associated with Porites white patch syndrome in the Western Indian Ocean. Molecular Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13326
Ciliate communities consistently associated with coral diseases
Sweet, Michael J. and Séré, Mathieu G. 2015. Ciliate communities consistently associated with coral diseases. Journal of Sea Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.06.008
Fostering effective international collaboration for marine science in small island states
Hind, Edward J., Alexander, Steven M., Green, Stephanie J., Kritzer, Jacob P., Sweet, M., Johnson, Ayana Elizabeth, Amargós, Fabian P., Smith, Nicola S. and Angelie M. 2015. Fostering effective international collaboration for marine science in small island states. Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2015.00086
Geographically conserved rates of background mortality among common reef-building corals in Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives versus northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Sweet, M. 2015. Geographically conserved rates of background mortality among common reef-building corals in Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives versus northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Biology. 162 (8). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2694-9
Diseases in marine invertebrates associated with mariculture and commercial fisheries
Sweet, M. and Kelly S Bateman 2015. Diseases in marine invertebrates associated with mariculture and commercial fisheries. Journal of Sea Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.06.016
Age-Related Shifts in Bacterial Diversity in a Reef Coral
Alex D Williams, Barbara E Brown, Lalita Putchim and Sweet, M. 2015. Age-Related Shifts in Bacterial Diversity in a Reef Coral. PLos ONE. 10 (2). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0144902
A novel sponge disease caused by a consortium of micro-organisms
Sweet, M. 2015. A novel sponge disease caused by a consortium of micro-organisms. Coral Reefs. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-015-1284-0
Baseline coral disease surveys within three marine parks in Sabah, Borneo
Jennifer Miller, Sweet, M., Elizabeth Wood and John Bythell 2015. Baseline coral disease surveys within three marine parks in Sabah, Borneo. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1391
White Syndrome in Acropora muricata: Non-specific bacterial infection and ciliate histophagy
Sweet, M. and Bythell, J. 2015. White Syndrome in Acropora muricata: Non-specific bacterial infection and ciliate histophagy. Molecular Ecology. 24, p. 1150–1159. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13097
The distribution and abundance of black band disease and white syndrome in Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia
Johan, Ofri, Bengen, Dietriech Geoffrey, Zamani, Neviaty Putri, Suharsono and Sweet, M. 2015. The distribution and abundance of black band disease and white syndrome in Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia. Journal of Biosciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hjb.2015.09.001
Soil contamination with silver nanoparticles reduces Bishop pine growth and ectomycorrhizal diversity on pine roots
Sweet, M. and I Singleton 2015. Soil contamination with silver nanoparticles reduces Bishop pine growth and ectomycorrhizal diversity on pine roots. Journal of Nanoparticle Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11051-015-3246-4
A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium Echinopora lamellosa
David Smith, Peter Leary, Mark Bendall, Edmund Flach, Rachel Jones and Sweet, M. 2014. A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium Echinopora lamellosa. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097018
Experimental antibiotic treatment identifies potential pathogens of white band disease in the endangered Caribbean coral Acropora cervicornis
Sweet, M., A Croquer and J C Bythell 2014. Experimental antibiotic treatment identifies potential pathogens of white band disease in the endangered Caribbean coral Acropora cervicornis. Proc Roy Soc. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0094
Decadal environmental ‘memory’ in a reef coral?
Brown B.E., Dunne R.P., Edwards A.J., Sweet, M. and Phongsuwan N. 2014. Decadal environmental ‘memory’ in a reef coral? Marine Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-014-2596-2
Coral diseases in aquaria and in nature
Sweet, Michael J., Jones, Rachel and Bythell, John C. 2013. Coral diseases in aquaria and in nature. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315411001688
Development of bacterial biofilms on artificial corals in comparison to surface-associated microbes of hard corals
Sweet, Michael J., Croquer, Aldo, Bythell, John C. and Lopez-Garcia, Purification 2013. Development of bacterial biofilms on artificial corals in comparison to surface-associated microbes of hard corals. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0021195
Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of Dark Spot Syndrome occurring in the Coral Stephanocoenia intersepta
Sweet, Michael J., Burn, Deborah, Croquer, Aldo, Leary, Peter and Bereswill, Stefan 2013. Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of Dark Spot Syndrome occurring in the Coral Stephanocoenia intersepta. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062580
Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations
Sweet, Michael J., Kirkham, Nigel, Bendall, Mark, Currey, Leanne, Bythell, John C., Heupel, Michelle and Vartanian, Jean-Pierre 2013. Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0041989
Metal-based nanoparticles; size, function and areas for advancement
Sweet, Michael J. 2013. Metal-based nanoparticles; size, function and areas for advancement. in:
Diseases in coral aquaculture: causes, implications and preventions
Kramarsky-Winter, Esti, Sweet, Michael J., Leal, Miguel Costa, Sheridan, Christopher and Kushmaro, Ariel 2013. Diseases in coral aquaculture: causes, implications and preventions. Aquaculture. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.02.037
Assessment of the microbial communities associated with white syndrome and brown jelly syndrome in aquarium corals
Sweet, Michael J., Craggs, J., Robson, J. and Bythell, John C. 2013. Assessment of the microbial communities associated with white syndrome and brown jelly syndrome in aquarium corals.
Microsatellites for microbiologists
Sweet, Michael J., Scriven, Lucinda A. and Singleton, Ian 2012. Microsatellites for microbiologists. Advances in Applied Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-394382-8.00005-8