This week was D-Day…Week; we had our first years completing their lab skills lab. If you want to try what we did, I’ve linked everything below.
Each student had to:
- prepare in advance for the lab by:
- completing a pre-lab survey (this is for the associated research project)
- watch the pre-lab videos;
- complete the techniques in the lab while
- being videoed on their phone for two techniques and
- completing peer review forms for three techniques;
- after the lab they had to
- Upload their video to labs afterwards to a video sharing site;
- Submit the video links for review.
Overall it seemed to go well. There’s quite a lot to unpack, and having spent every spare moment this week reviewing the titration videos, I haven’t much more energy to say a lot beyond that. But I can say while I was expecting chaos and to be running around the lab coralling students, it just ran like any other lab. Students had something to do. They did it.
Feedback takes two forms.
- Students get feedback on their technique via the VLE. This involves watching their videos and giving individual feedback. It is very time consuming, but offers a very rare opportunity to provide specific technique feedback to students. I will be able to build up a good assessment checklist now having gone through lots of them, which is exactly what Marcy Towns said would happen when she described her own implementation.
- Students also get feedback on their peer review forms. This gives them feedback on number of decimals recorded, calculations, and significant figures. It was done en masse using mail merge and some Excel formulae under the bonnet, which again means you can give some very individualized feedback, but this time quite easily. (Love mail merge!)
I’ve put the links to the resources we used below. These are freely available to use, without permission, for anyone who wants to use them. I would ask that if you do use them to let me know how you get on – I like to hear the anecdotes. I would again like to acknowledge the IAD for funding and the project team.
- Titrations: http://bit.ly/skillstitrating
- Pipetting (Volumetric): http://bit.ly/skillsvolpipette
- Standard Solution: http://bit.ly/skillsstandardsoln
- Distillation: http://bit.ly/skillsdistillation
Peer Review Sheets. I’ve added the Word file at this link so you can customize for your own institution/preferences
Digital Badges. These fabulous badges were designed for the project. If you click on them you should get the original high quality PNG file.