Solutions Lab 16: Delivering & Redesigning Lab Classes for Virtual, Remote Teaching

When the physical campus closed at the start of Semester 1, many staff were faced with the challenge of delivering or redesigning their lab classes for virtual, remote teaching. In a very short space of time, teams across the college were asked whether it was possible to replicate or recreate a partial or complete ‘lab experience’ for their students. For some staff, this challenge opened the door some very interesting new approaches to lab-based learning and assessment.

Solutions Lab 16 featured two School of Engineering Course Coordinators who took us through their journey of reimagining their labs online. By developing an interactive learning environment consisting of simulations, demonstrations and exercises, they have been able to stimulate deeper thinking and help students relate theory to practice.

Presentation No. 1

Xu Wang (SENG) redesigned his labs so that students could measure sound pressure and resonant frequencies at home using mobile apps. As part of their lab assessment, students were required to upload their recorded experiments to FlipGrid and submit a written report. The recording below is the edited webinar recording Xu conducted for this session, minus the technical glitches and questions. Xu did have some problems with his audio so please forgive the bad quality and the demonstration for creating FlipGrid and embedding in Canvas had to be removed.  You can however if you are interested in using FlipGrid view a how to here.

Here’s the Slides to the presentation.

Presentation No. 2

Abhijit Date & Aliakbar Akbarzadeh (SENG) have been exploring how to use MatLab’s graphic user interface to develop interactive labs for semester 2. They successfully produced lab videos and simulated datasets to replace the demonstration and performance analysis elements of their sessions in semester 1 and now, building on the success of this new approach, have started to trial using MatLab Apps to provide students with the ability to collect more performance data. You can view the edited recording of their webinar demonstration below, minus any technical glitches and questions.

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