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Timely learning of specialized science vocabulary is critical for building a solid knowledge base in any scientific discipline. To motivate students to dedicate time and effort mastering biology vocabulary, I have designed a vocabulary exercise utilizing the popular web encyclopedia Wikipedia. The exercise creates an opportunity for students to connect the challenge of vocabulary learning to a prior positive experience of self-guided learning using a content source they are familiar and comfortable with.

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Marintcheva, B. (2012). Motivating Students to Learn Biology Vocabulary with Wikipedia. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 13(1), 65-66.

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