Newswise — February 5 — JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, has just released the third collection of its vastly popular Science Education video series in three additional languages—Chinese, Japanese and French. The collection, Model Organisms I: yeast, Drosophila and C. elegans, kicks off JoVE’s decision to make its entire Science Education video database available to those scientists, especially students, for whom English—the most commonly used language in scientific literature— is not their first language.
“By translating these videos from top research universities into world languages we will increase the spread of the most advanced scientific knowledge,” said Dr. Moshe Pritsker, JoVE’s co-founder and CEO, “It will improve science education in countries that speak languages other than English.”
JoVE’s Science Education video database currently offers 3 collections of educational/how-to scientific videos. Each collection focuses on a set of fundamental techniques and procedures used regularly in modern research.
“We started this translation program with Chinese, French and Japanese, as scientists from these countries show strong research records and will therefore benefit highly from video-based scientific communication in their native languages,” said Dr. Pritsker. JoVE is currently in the process of translating its earlier two Science Education collections, General Laboratory Techniques and Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, which are expected to publish later this year.
The Model Organisms I collection includes introductions and demonstrations of procedures like yeast transformation and cloning, Drosophila larval immunohistochemistry and RNA interference in C. elegans. Using these videos allows for teachers and scientists to make scientific training more timely and cost effective.
“I've used it as a class tool where students can watch a technique on the screen and then do it immediately afterwards,” said Dr. Jason Kuehner, referring to his Experimental Biology introductory lab course at Emmanuel College, “And for what they're going to do the next time the class meets, so they'll come in a little less blind about what they're going to do that day, and have an idea of what it means—not only theoretically, but also to physically carry out a particular technique.” Dr. Kuehner found that using the Science Education videos made learning difficult procedures, such as performing a western blot, more conducive to his crash-course type introductory lab course.
The Science Education database has wide appeal in the academic community with over 60 new institutions from the Ivy League to community colleges adopting it in the last 2 months alone. For more information about Science Education visit www.jove.com/se.
***About JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments:
JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the first and only PubMed/MEDLINE-indexed, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing scientific research in a video format. Using an international network of videographers, JoVE films and edits videos of researchers performing new experimental techniques at top universities, allowing students and scientists to learn them much more quickly. JoVE has published video-protocols from an international community of nearly 8,000 authors in the fields of biology, medicine, chemistry, and physics.