In my previous post, I mentioned that I was organising a meeting to discuss the challenges of providing lab-based teaching during lockdown. Over the course of a two-hour meeting that absolutely flew by over 120 academics from over 30 different universities across the UK heard from a series of speakers, who shared their views and ideas on dry lab provision.
The session was introduced by Professor Robert Slater from the Royal Society of Biology before Professor Ian Turner spoke about options for undergraduate lab provision. Next, Dr David Smith presented his thoughts on Master level projects and Drs Malcom Stewart and Craig Campbell spoke about a similar network they had set up for chemistry called DryLabs20. Professors Robert Slater and David Coates from the RSB then gave their views on accredited courses and ways to mitigate the impact of lack of lab access and Iain Thistlethwaite from Learning Science discussed how their simulations could be used to help replace some of the theory of lab classes remotely. Finally Dr Nigel Ternan described a mechanism for allocating final year project students to appropriate supervisors, which received quite a lot of interest from attendees keen to use this approach in their own institutions.
Edit: The next #DryLabsRealScience meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 20th May. Please contact me for details.