Technical and didactic problems of virtual lab exercises in biochemistry and biotechnology education

Michael May, Karen Skriver, Gert Dandanell

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It is well-known that “cook-book exercises” in science and engineering education do not fully realize the learning objectives ascribed to them. Students do learn basic lab skills, but highly instructed exercises do not (by themselves) support theoretical understanding or appreciation of scientific methods. With web technologies we can now design exercises for remote or virtual labs, but we should not expect to improve student learning simply by recreating old didactic problems in new media. Unfortunately studies of the efficiency of different lab types (hands-on, virtual, and remote labs) suffer from a lack of conceptual analysis of what actually constitutes virtual labs. A clarification of these conceptual issues is suggested as part of a Danish research and development project on virtual lab exercises in biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology education. The main outcome of this clarification is that specific didactic problems of biochemistry education can now be addressed through the design of exercises in the virtual lab environment.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2013
StatusUdgivet - 2013
Begivenhed41st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education: Engineering Education Fast Forward - Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgien
Varighed: 16. sep. 201320. sep. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 41
http://www.kuleuven.be/communicatie/congresbureau/oud2015/congres/sefi2013/sefi-2013-programme.pdf

Konference

Konference41st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Nummer41
LokationFaculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven
LandBelgien
ByLeuven
Periode16/09/201320/09/2013
Internetadresse

Fingeraftryk

biochemistry
biotechnology
didactics
education
learning objective
development project
research and development
biology
new media
research project
student
engineering
efficiency
lack
science
learning

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May, M., Skriver, K., & Dandanell, G. (2013). Technical and didactic problems of virtual lab exercises in biochemistry and biotechnology education. Afhandling præsenteret på 41st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, Leuven, Belgien.
May, Michael ; Skriver, Karen ; Dandanell, Gert. / Technical and didactic problems of virtual lab exercises in biochemistry and biotechnology education. Afhandling præsenteret på 41st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, Leuven, Belgien.
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May, M, Skriver, K & Dandanell, G 2013, 'Technical and didactic problems of virtual lab exercises in biochemistry and biotechnology education' Paper fremlagt ved 41st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, Leuven, Belgien, 16/09/2013 - 20/09/2013, .

Technical and didactic problems of virtual lab exercises in biochemistry and biotechnology education. / May, Michael; Skriver, Karen; Dandanell, Gert.

2013. Afhandling præsenteret på 41st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, Leuven, Belgien.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskningpeer review

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