Using a free online citizen-science project to teach observation & quantification of animal behavior

Margaret A. Voss, Caren B. Cooper

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Students oj animal behavior must learn to accurately define and quantify observations and to be aware ofi observational bias. We designed an introductory, college-level animal behavior laboratory that uses a free, online citizen-science project (CamClickr) to help students identify and overcome biases when interpreting observations. The exercise encourages proficiency in making structural descriptions ofi animal behavior while teaching students to use ethograms to generate and test discrete hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010



  • Animal behavior
  • Ethograms
  • Observational bias
  • Structural descriptions of behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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