|The Evolution of Cooperation|
(University of Toronto)
This Web tutorial uses a favourite puzzle called the Prisoner's Dilemma game
to teach 1,500 first-year science students at the University of Toronto about
cooperative behaviour in nature. Each student starts by playing games against
the computer. Each game is debriefed and their result is instantly incorporated
in a summary graph so they can see how they did relative to the rest of the class.
Once they have learned the basics of the game, they use a simulation model to
conduct experiments on the evolution of cooperative strategies.
Interactive quiz questions allow students to track their understanding as
they work through the tutorial. Feedback from the students -- a notoriously tough
crowd because most of them are pre-med candidates who are focussed on human biology
-- demonstrates how effective this module has been.
Visit the site: www.cquest.utoronto.ca/zoo/bio150y/pdgame/
I just completed the on-line tutorial. I must say that it was very well prepared, and it was fun, as well as a good review. It helped reinforce what we had already learned in our labs, and was very helpful. If possible, this kind of tutorial should be on-line more often... Thanks a lot!