Delivering an effective STEM course to students during COVID-19 is no easy task. Trying to keep students distanced yet engaged is tricky - organization is key. Whether your students are on campus, at home, or a bit of both - these two tools can help keep everyone organized and connected. Lab Builder What: A free, … Continue reading Ed: two tools you’re not using but should be in 2020
Chemical Kitchen, an entry level course at Imperial College London, is the innovative STEM course that 2020 absolutely requires. In it, students learn good laboratory practice through a simple and accessible activity - cooking. Designed by Jakub Radzikowski and Luke Delmas, Chemical Kitchen trains students in the practical lab skills they'll need as they move into … Continue reading Chemical Kitchen
Two online tools you’re not using but should be in 2020
Effective STEM research requires collaboration. COVID-19 requires distance. The two feel at odds with one another everyday. Whether your lab is directly involved with COVID-19 research or not, staying organized in the lab is more important than ever. These two tools can help: Scheduler What: An online tool used to reserve lab equipment and resources. … Continue reading Two online tools you’re not using but should be in 2020
Remote education workaround: the data generator
COVID-19 has challenged the traditional classroom set up - solutions and workarounds have emerged from all corners. One LabArchives instructor has designed a data generator that helps to ensure experimental design and independent analysis remain at the core of STEM courses even when students aren't on campus. Created by Gareth Denyer, Professor of Biochemical Education at the University … Continue reading Remote education workaround: the data generator
Using an ELN – what’s the point?
Authenticity is one of many buzzwords in the education space and it relates to one very important question which is, "What's the point?" While it can be tongue in cheek, this question is worth asking early and often when it comes to designing authentic courses that prepare students for the real world. So what's the … Continue reading Using an ELN – what’s the point?
LabArchives Virtual User Group
LabArchives users often ask us for examples of how others use the platform. It's actually the most frequent request we get. With that we decided to bring examples to our users and to actually connect with one another via virtual meeting and live Q&A. Last month, over 650 LabArchives users attended our first virtual user … Continue reading LabArchives Virtual User Group
CRISPR…it’s not magic
When Dr. Julia Raizen started graduate school in the 1980’s, the term ‘molecular biology’ hardly existed. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), now commonly used in biology and medicine, had just been invented and was a slow, laborious process. While studying a class of immune proteins called immunoglobulins, Julia made use of PCR and other new molecular … Continue reading CRISPR…it’s not magic
WEBINAR: Tips for moving your course online
Last month we hosted a webinar with Vernier Software & Technology. Because it was such a hit we're hosting another one... TOMORROW. Join us to learn more about how to take your course online sans stress. We’ll address common hurdles and take questions on how to make it work wherever you are on the journey … Continue reading WEBINAR: Tips for moving your course online
Open Source Malaria: a global solution for a global problem
Open Source Malaria (OSM) takes a different approach to curing malaria, a disease which kills approximately 430,000 people around the world every year. OSM contributors hail from Melbourne, Sydney, British Columbia, Geneva, Cambridge, Madrid and beyond and specialise in everything from chemistry to biology and informatics to administration. Technology, like LabArchives, enables the global, rapid, … Continue reading Open Source Malaria: a global solution for a global problem
The Lecture is Dead: Long Live the Lecture!
This piece was written by LabArchives user, Gareth Denyer, Professor of Biochemical Education at The University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Gareth Denyer Ten Reasons Why Lectures Won’t Go Back to the Way They Were Overview The transition to on-line delivery has revolutionised our entire approach to lecturing. This article looks at the many ways … Continue reading The Lecture is Dead: Long Live the Lecture!