LabBuddy helps lab teachers to provide better inquiry based education through specialised software. It ensures that students prepare before coming to their laboratory classes, supports the acquisition of academic skills, and helps students to stay focused. It also frees up many hours of teacher time because students no longer ask practical questions unrelated to the class’s learning goals.

LabBuddy benefits

Students start prepared

LabBuddy motivates students to prepare and offers them support.

Focus on inquiry

Laboratory classes teach inquiry in the lab, preventing recipe-following behavior.

Support for students

Students can focus on what is needed to reach the intended learning outcomes.

Reduce time investment

LabBuddy answers most questions and provides automated feedback.

% of students give a ‘very positive’ rating of LabBuddy.
questions answered by LabBuddy in a 2-week lab course.
% more students can be handled by one supervisor.

What do teachers say?

“For the first time, teaching assistants received zero practical questions and dozens of in-depth questions!”

“LabBuddy saves us plenty of time on the lab.”

“Students indicated that this was the first laboratory class were they actually learned something!”

LabBuddy is being used successfully at leading universities all over the world:

Closed Question

Stimulate students and help them to prepare with tailored feedback

Experiment Designer

Stimulate inquiry in the laboratory

Web Lab Manual

Improve learning with just-in-time information

Make students prepare with tailored feedback

When students come to your lab classes fully prepared for their experiments, the success rate of the course increases dramatically. The number of unnecessary mistakes goes down, together with the amount of supervision they need.

LabBuddy’s Closed Question functionality compels students to prepare and lets teachers follow their progress in various dashboards. Its elaborate feedback system responds to the needs of the individual student. Closed Question is tightly integrated with the other two components of LabBuddy: Experiment Designer and the Web Lab Manual.

Thanks to Closed Question, no student will enter the lab unprepared.

Stimulate inquiry without extra effort

Effective laboratory education encourages and supports inquiry in the lab rather than cookbook-following behavior, but with traditional methods this creates much extra work for teachers. The solution to this dilemma is Experiment Designer, or ExperD in short.

ExperD activates students by supporting them with automated feedback and design questions while they design their own laboratory experiments. In the lab, they can use ExperD to keep an overview of the work at hand. Students can also divide tasks, store their results, and keep track of their progress in ExperD. As a teacher you can monitor students’ progress in real time. You stay in complete control: designs can be as closed or open-ended as desired.

With Experiment Designer, cookbook-style labs are a thing of the past.

Improve learning with just-in-time information

The Web Lab Manual (WebLM) transforms the traditional passive laboratory manual into an activating student support tool. By presenting only information that is relevant to the situation, it prevents cognitive overload and allows students to focus on what matters.

In the lab, WebLM supports every student with just-in-time information in the form of text, diagrams or video instructions: what the necessary equipment looks like, where it can be found, what the potential hazards are, etc. This saves teachers up to 33% of supervision time.

Students can of course add their lab journal notes to WebLM. The tool can even provide instant feedback on results, immediately making students understand why an experiment did or didn’t work out.

The Web Lab Manual improves the learning process while reducing supervision time.

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Educational background

The development of LabBuddy was based on established educational theories. Discover our scientific sources.

Worry-free implementation

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LabBuddy: Student-centred laboratory education is now available to every institution

What if there were a way to train lab technicians without never-ending patronage coupled with frantic efforts? This is only one of the profusion of benefits you can expect to get with LabBuddy. Inspired by the latest practices of the inquiry-based laboratory education, our software is designed to save teachers the troubles of dealing with superficial information, sorting out priorities and monitoring students’ performance. In other words, it’s a tool that not only frees up your time but also maximises knowledge acquisition and makes learning more engaging for class attendants.
As something that makes a traditional cookbook training a relic of the past, LabBuddy is all about a student-centred approach. Our laboratory application software works by encouraging would-be specialists to pose questions and then look for experimental evidence to answer those questions on their own. In this scenario, the role of a teacher is to ensure adequate supervision while guiding students towards the explanation they need.

The only lab education software that makes knowledge stick

Let’s face it: there are too many classes that take dozens of hours, albeit turn out to be close to fruitless. That’s why LabBuddy focuses on what matters to students and ensures that all learning goals are fully met. It’s the only tool out there that offloads teachers and helps class attendants end up with first-hand knowledge and practical skills in the long run.
Our sophisticated e-learning solution incorporates:
• Personalised lab education
One of the LabBuddy’s outstanding features is a unique feedback system called Closed Question. It makes sure that no question remains unanswered while maximising the effectiveness of training.
• Tailored lab experiments
LabBuddy’s Experiment Designer enables students to design experiments themselves while being supervised by a teacher who can check the progress in real time. Based on the latest peer-reviewed publications, the software’s design requirements keep up with the newest methods, making lab education highly relevant.
• Just-in-time information
If you have a lab manual and want to integrate it into the learning process, be sure to do that with LabBuddy. Our tool features Web Lab Manual that allows you to add just-in-time information to your course and provide students with feedback when it’s necessary.

Something your facility is missing

Laboratory education requires a lot, and you can’t afford to compromise the latest standards if you aim to help your students become experts. It is LabBuddy that addresses everything you, the teacher, need for this purpose. Our software is available to all educational facilities in the world, and it comes as a web-based application with over 99% uptime. Make sure your Internet connection is stable enough to run it and benefit from inquiry-based learning!
The price for a LabBuddy subscription may vary from project to project. To find out how much it will cost you for a yearly package, please contact us at your convenience. We will provide you with an accurate quotation immediately so that you can make your lab continuing education as fruitful as they must be!