Friday, May 18, 2012

Teaching Students by Teaching Fish!

Rus Wilson, an instructor at the English Language Institute at the University of Utah is using techniques (and soon, equipment) from the R2 Fish School Training System in his upper level science class to teach students English vocabulary, and to teach them what university science courses are like. In this video, Rus talks about his students training bettas to learn about psychology concepts like operant conditioning.  Using a flashlight as a bridge reward, Rus's students have taught their bettas to swim through a hoop multiple times to earn a reward.

Next Rus plans to have his students use the feeding wand from the R2 training kit, as well as teach their bettas to play soccer. That should be interesting!

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