Special SAAW Online: Virtual Labs and Simulation Software

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  • Time: 10:00 to 11:00

EXPLORING the use of Virtual Laboratories and Simulation software for teaching and learning in higher education will be the focus of a special Share, Adopt, Adapt workshop (SAAW).

The event is being organised with (Interim) Deputy Vice Chancellor: Digital Transformation, Professor Neil Morris, who will provide an introduction to the session and appeal for volunteers to run a new special interest network on the topic.

Speakers include Chris Randall, Lecturer in Microbiology, and, Dave Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Scientific Ethics, both at the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds.

Dr Randall will present ‘six weeks in: reflections on delivering virtual practical classes in semester one’ and will speak about how the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has migrated approximately 180 hours of practical class teaching to online delivery for this semester.

He will reflect on delivery so far, covering learning analytics for monitoring and intervention, synchronous group work, and, attempts to stream interactive demonstrations live from the teaching labs.

Dr Lewis will also present and will talk about ‘Delivering practical education remotely’.

He will cover how the School of Biomedical Sciences has shifted focus of practical activities from gaining hands-on experience of experimental techniques to other learning outcomes, such as experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, critical thinking and problem solving.

Dr Lewis will also share collections of simulations and other e-practical resources, large publicly available datasets, and, data analysis and visualisation tools he has collated, as well as describing how he’s used these in the delivery of team-based online mini-projects.

There is still one spot left for a potential speaker who would like to share their experience using simulation software.

If you would like to contribute, please get in touch.

Staff can sign up to the event here.