Replacing the Textbook: JoVE Launches the First-ever Video Courseware in Undergraduate Biology

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JoVE, the global leader in scientific video publishing, releases JoVE Core, its first video courseware built to entirely replace the traditional textbook.

JoVE, the leading producer and publisher of video resources for scientific research and education, announced today the launch of JoVE Core, the first-ever video courseware in Biology for undergraduate students.

Created specifically to improve students’ learning outcomes and retention in STEM fields, JoVE Core is designed to completely replace the traditional print and online textbooks using the power of online video and interactivity.

Comprised of 6 sections and 33 chapters, JoVE Core presents scientific concepts through more than 400 concise animated videos and text descriptions created by Ph.D. scientists. Visualization through video enables students to quickly learn complex scientific ideas and models. Its advanced features, including interactive quizzes and in-book note taking, enable effective flipped-class learning and teaching. By presenting content in the format most familiar to students—video—, JoVE Core helps foster a love for science and an appreciation for the beauty of Biology.

A recent study by TERC, a non-profit education research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which involved 346 students at Clemson and DeSales Universities showed that after watching videos, the content had a significant and lasting impact on the students. Those who watched the videos scored as much as 100% higher than students who didn’t, and 65-95% of students felt they understood the concepts better and were more confident after watching the videos.

”JoVE Core will be a transformation tool for students and professors in undergraduate STEM education. The interactive video-based approach to teaching will benefit every Biology student, helping them become the future scientists they set out to be,” said Dr. Moshe Pritsker, the CEO and co-founder of JoVE.

Dr. Michael Vieth, Senior Instructor of Biology at Quinnipiac University said, “In the current digital age, students do not use textbook as their first option, they reach for their phone. JoVE’s forward thinking to create a digital-only Biology experience could help overcome some of these misgivings by becoming the 1st place students turn to.”

The beta version of JoVE Core is now available at

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