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1 Looking Back & Feeding Forward Building Laboratory Practical Skills Debbie Charter

2 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Aim of Project: Using video capture to help students improve their laboratory skills – in particular, within Microbiology Rationale: Microbiologists need to be proficient in many standard and specific laboratory skills Although we have been testing student skills, it has often been based on the end result, rather than assessing the actual technique itself Utilises video-capture, on-line viewing and self/peer review

3 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Project: Real time record, so that it is the actual technique that is being assessed, not just the final product. Allows students and demonstrator to review and assess laboratory skills performance. Review of literature has not identified any similar study using this approach to assess laboratory skills. This project is supported by an ALTC Grant (Melissa Brown, Debbie Charter, Lisa Schmidt, David Bain).

4 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Skills Testing:

5 Building Laboratory Practical Skills The Process Involved: Class demonstrations of each skill Class size Ability of all students to see Ability of students to remember in subsequent weeks Provide exemplars of techniques for students to watch Glossary comprising of self-made videos and those found online. This glossary can be shared in other topics.

6 Building Laboratory Practical Skills The Process Involved: Two work stations set up in class for students to perform their tasks using video-capture, which is then uploaded onto FLO. Students can compare their video to exemplars, also available on FLO Students can then reflect on and self assess their technique using marksheet guidelines. Students can also learn through peer assessment of another student Demonstrator can also assesses student technique as well as the final product.

7 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Learning Outcomes: Increases time-on-task Exemplars of good technique Class demonstrations Video capture of students Self Review Compare video with exemplars Watch video on FLO with marksheet Peer Review Provide feedback to another student

8 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Phase 1: Collection of cohort baseline data in BIOL3761 (Foundations in Microbiology); Semester 1, Determine timeline of students passing skills tests using the current system of assessing outcomes rather than skills themselves

9 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Phase 2: Pilot study in BIOL3782 (Advanced Microbiology); Semester Resolve technical issues prior to the main study Voluntary student involvement attempt skills at the video-capture stations set up in lab Watch their videos and complete self-assessment Participate in peer review using same marksheet guideline Demonstrator assessment of performance Complete a questionnaire via survey monkey and possible follow up interview

10 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Phase 2: Pilot study in BIOL3782 (Advanced Microbiology); Semester Staff involvement: Provide exemplars Extra assessment (video) Provide feedback on perceived effectiveness of process Other data that can be collected: Did video capture necessary information? Proportion of class that chose to participate and to what level Validation of student questionnaire

11 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Phase 3: Main study BIOL3761 (Foundations in Microbiology); Semester All students will be required to participate Collect the same cohort data as 2013 Students can also choose to complete a questionnaire Staff provide verbal feedback

12 Building Laboratory Practical Skills Students will be able to see their own video Students will see video of peer-assessment partner Students will not be able to download videos Students can request a downloaded version (portfolio of expertise)


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