One of the biggest challenges of remote teaching is sustaining the lab components of classes, not to mention creating an engaging experience.
Since many labs require specific equipment, it is difficult or impossible to reproduce a comparable experience outside of that physical space.
Thankfully, there are a number of excellent resources available that may be suitable to the needs of PBSci lab instructors.
choose-your-adventure lab sites
Click play for a two-minute labsite tour
more on slugs@home
Pre-record lab videos then organize with procedures and photos in a Google Sites
Link the website in Canvas for students to watch during synchronous or asynchronous lab sessions
Work with Online Education to design simple choose-your-adventure remote labs using Google Sites.
Reach out to Caitlin Binder (email@example.com) for a Slugs@home template, demo, or assistance with building an interactive lab website.
Lab and concept videos with animations
Full lab demonstrations
100s of videos in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, environmental sciences
Link or embed into a Canvas page
Full access to UCSC students
Click & drag to perform experiments
Analytical tools with spectral data
Disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, physical sciences
Student fee: $25 for one year access, download
Search the app store for educational software:
Have a lab protocol or background reading? Make an audio recording (podcast) & post on Canvas.
Equity & accessibility for visually impaired students or those with learning disabilities or tired eyes.
Voice Memo on mobile device
Zoom automatically makes audio file
Labs provide valuable time for direct student interaction. Replicate that peer-to-peer experience with online collaborations.
Use Zoom breakout rooms in synchronous lab meetings to give students time to talk through the experiment.
Group projects or collaborative assignments. Use GradeScope for group submissions.
Provide raw data
In cases where the lab includes both collection of data and its analysis, show how to collect data and provide raw data sets for analysis
TAs provide randomized data to students within a range to individualize the experience and prevent cheating.
Read this great guide from the Chronicle of Higher Education for more tips. Note: if you have trouble accessing the document, log into the UCSC VPN first.
D'Angelo, J. G. Choose Your Own “Labventure”: A Click-Through Story Approach to Online Laboratories during a Global Pandemic, J. Chem. Educ. 2020, 97 (9), 3064–3069
Feel free to reach out to Caitlin Binder (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chemistry Lecturer and PBSci Course Design Fellow to discuss how to make the most out of the remote labs, even making them fun!