EDUCATIONAL COMICS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMO'S) AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS IN TEACHING BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS
Objective: This study aims to create a comics script and output on Genetically Modified organisms (GMO) and biotechnology topics for non-science and science major students enrolled in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB-1). Methods: This study is an experimental research design and document analysis. The researchers used a25 item test as an instrument in protest and post-test validated by experts. Statistical tools were used to analyze the results. The development of comic strips from library works and research was evaluated through an interview. The responses were coded, themed, and triangulated. Findings: Results revealed that almost 50% increase after the end of the semester. The analysis showed that the post-test scores were significantly higher than the protest scores, and the college to which the students belonged also had a significant effect on the test scores. College of Science students had significantly higher test scores compared to non-science courses. The outputs of the students are colourful and engaging. The outputs were a product of students' creative imagination, hard work, and teamwork. The comic strips and video-making encourage science majors and non-majors to research biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Reading articles, books, and other materials increase biotechnology's knowledge, process, and importance. The results and output of students exposed that arts always positively impact both science and non-science learners. Novelty: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM interconnects with arts to enhance teaching and learning, as affirmed by many types of research; this is now informal Science. STEAM education is a strategy that helps learners enjoy science courses and boost interest among non-majors. Thus, science educators should always be innovative to make Science teaching interesting and fun for all types of learners.
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Science Major, Non-science Major, Comic Strips and Video, Enhanced Learning