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.
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.
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 in the Netherlands:
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.
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.
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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