Educational Technology

April 27, 2020

Remotely Hands-On: Teaching lab sciences and the fine arts during COVID-19

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Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Ed tech has its skeptics, and there are certainly some things it can’t teach. Gouvea’s colleague at Tufts, Lauren Crowe, a lecturer in biology, for one, said remote instruction prevents her from teaching her students essential fine motor skills, like using a micropipette. Labster brings its own data to that fight, including an article in Nature finding a twofold improvement in students’ learning outcomes after using gamified simulations. To Gouvea’s point about struggle, Labster’s virtual guides sometimes allow students to fail at first. “There are many ways you can do this, and each teacher has their own preferences, like blended learning and teachers providing courses as homework,” Bodekaer said.

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