LabBuddy enhances
laboratory education

LabBuddy’s e-learning solution supports students
before, during, and after their practical work.

LabBuddy is an e-learning solution for

students and teachers

The lab is an important place where students build scientific research skills. As a teacher, you want to teach your students how to perform research. But chances are you feel constraint due to low motivation, large groups, or unprepared students. Because of this, many teachers deal with high work pressure.

This is where LabBuddy comes in. 

LabBuddy provides an e-learning solution to supplement traditional practical education by creating a form of blended learning. LabBuddy helps students prepare before the start of the practical work, supports them while working in the lab or field, and guides them during the processing of their results after the practical work.

Our e-learning solution

LabBuddy offers an e-learning solution to make sure students get the learning journey they need. This includes a built-in Experiment Designer in which students receive a toolbox and a canvas to design their experiment to answer a research question. LabBuddy is designed to be used in various ways depending on the lab course. This enhances the learning process of students at BSc and MSc level.

Reasons to use LabBuddy

Well-prepared students

LabBuddy helps students to understand the experiment before the practical class, making sure they know better what they are doing.

Increased motivation

Students are motivated to prepare well and they gain confidence through built-in interactive feedback.

Reduced teacher workload

Students learn with automated feedback, so teachers no longer need to repeat their explanations. This allows teachers to cope with increasing student numbers.

Efficient use of time

Thanks to their good preparation, students start working quickly. They find the answers to their low level questions within LabBuddy instead of having to wait for assistance.

What do teachers say?

Robert Kourist
Professor Molecular Biotechnology at TU Graz
LabBuddy helps our students prepare for the lab course and keep track of their experiments!
Wilma Hazeleger
Food microbiologist at Wageningen University & Research
LabBuddy allows students to design their own experiment, while teachers can still cope with increasing student numbers.
Simone Mesman
Assistant professor Psychobiology at University of Amsterdam
With the help of LabBuddy, students were able to quikcly and efficiently design and perform their own experiments.

What do students say?

Student
Ghent University
“LabBuddy is convenient because you can decide according to your schedule when to do the preparation. You also learn from your mistakes because it gives an explanation for a wrong answer. As a result, you know better why you do certain things.”
Student
University of Twente
“LabBuddy gives a structured overview of the entire experiment with step-by-step instructions, which makes you feel prepared for the practical.”
Student
University of Amsterdam
“LabBuddy helped me prepare better for the practical, the feedback is very useful.”

Backed by the
science of education

The e-learning solution provided by LabBuddy has been designed and is continuously improved based on scientific literature (Van der Kolk, 2013; Verstege, 2021). Here, we provide some scientific background information related to our e-learning solution. All mentioned educational theories are used to develop LabBuddy’s e-learning solution. Our scientists and developers continue to improve the e-learning solution using the newest insights in educational sciences and follow the latest developments in education technology.

Interested?

4C/ID MODEL

The ‘four-component instructional design’ (4C/ID) model (Van Merriënboer, 2018) addresses complex learning. The four components are as follows:

Multimedia Learning

Learning materials that use multimedia, on the condition that the graphics are not solely intended for decoration, keep students’ attention for a longer time (Keller, 1987), and were found to promote active and deep learning (Clark & Mayer, 2016).

Cognitive Load Theory

Cognitive overload is one of the major problems during practical classes. Students are continuously bombarded with new information, leaving only a minimal time to process all the latest information. The cognitive load theory implies that instructional design should take the cognitive architecture of humans into account.

Constructive Alignment Theory

Based on the constructive alignment theory, there should be a clear relationship between the intended learning outcomes, the learning activities, and the assessment (Biggs & Tang, 2011). However, for traditional (‘cookbook’) practical classes, this is often not the case, which, for example, results in students not preparing before they enter the practical class. 

ARCS model

When designing learning material, the designer should make sure to create a positive learning experience. One way to do so is by introducing motivational elements. Motivational elements can improve student learning by fostering cognitive processing aimed at making sense of the material (Mayer, 2014).

Training programmes

At LabBuddy, we gladly help you to get the most out of our e-learning solution. We offer several training programmes to teach you how to use the solution both didactically and technically.

Our e-learning solution has

users all
over Europe

Aeres
Ghent
Graz
Bremerhaven
Karolinska
Swansea
UMC-Utrecht
Basel
VUA
UvA
vanHallLarenstein
VUB
Wageningen
Erasmus
MedUniGraz
Radboud
Maastricht
TUE
Vives
Twente
Nanyang
Leiden
LUMC
Boku
UniversiteitUtrecht

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ISO Certification

Kryt B.V., the company responsible for LabBuddy, operates an information security management system that complies with the requirements in ISO/IEC 27001:2022 for the development, delivery and support of e-learning software, as defined by management and in accordance with our statement of applicability. We will send you this statement of applicability on request.

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