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ERIC Number: EJ889526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
A Pilot Evaluation of an Online Tool Designed to Aid Development of Basic Laboratory Skills
Booth, Paula; Kebede-Westhead, Elizabeth; Heaney, Rose; Henderson-Begg, Stephanie K.
Bioscience Education, v15 Article c3 Jun 2010
A pilot study was conducted using a cohort of 18 students, studying for their Bioscience Masters, and carrying out project work throughout the summer. On arrival for a laboratory class the students were asked to complete a baseline confidence log and answer a knowledge quiz. The confidence log and quiz were developed from ideas suggested in Draper et al., (1996). The forms assessed confidence and knowledge in terms of specific, basic laboratory skills which would be able to be practised on the UEL Virtual Lab. The confidence log used a visual analogue scale and students were asked to rate how confident they felt in performing a basic laboratory procedures or calculations formulated from each of the sections in the UEL Virtual Lab. The quiz paper had 10 questions testing knowledge of basic laboratory skills. This pilot study provided guidance to staff about how the UEL Virtual Lab might be used in the future, in particular the need to embed its usage within classroom teaching and potentially make it available to undergraduates. Encouragingly overall student satisfaction with the software was high. Results of the study hint that, for some individuals at least, even short-term exposure to a teaching aid may substantially increase student confidence. However, the small student numbers and large degree of individual variation mean this suggestion must be viewed with caution. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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