The latest #DryLabsRealScience meeting saw a change in format, with a series of short lightning talks from 5 academics, including myself. First up was Dr Nic Harmer (University of Exeter) who spoke about using R scripts to generate custom datasets for students; Dr Mel Lacey (Sheffield Hallam University) discussed at home microbiology, including swapping her own belly button for the students’ entertainment! Dr Peter Klappa (University of Kent) showcased two websites that he has developed that allow students to practice different types of calculation questions almost indefinitely and conduct virtual experiments, including a Bradford assay complete with a virtual spectrophotometer. Noel Carter talked about how he has learnt to use Adobe Captivate to produce interactive learning resources, which has inspired me to start learning as well. Tom Howard, an engineer from the University of Sheffield, spoke about how they had run remote practicals over the internet. Finally, I talked about the videos or lab techniques and the formative quizzes where students are asked to identify the deliberate mistakes that have been made when using the equipment.
Peter Klappa Dry Labs website: https://sites.google.com/view/drylabssite/home
Peter Klapp Calculations website: https://sites.google.com/view/practicecalculations/home