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Labster

The pilot with Labster has been concluded for now. Although the pilot was positively evaluated, there was not enough interest to continue with this tool. The experience is that it cannot replace the ‘live lab experience’, but instead it can be very helpful for preparing students for their practicals, recap of information, expose students to equipment and techniques that are very expensive and as an addition to lab practicals. For now, it is assumed that teachers had other solutions for this.

Introduction

Labster provides students with a virtual version of the lab practical to use beforehand, teaching them the techniques, processes, protocols and underlying theory. Students can learn from trial and error in the virtual lab before reaching the physical lab. Teachers can track student activity through a dashboard, allowing for intervention & support when students are not engaging with course materials. 

Why Labster

Labster currently offers 150+ predefined simulations. Each simulation start with a real-life problem and includes predefined quiz questions to assess the student’s understanding of the theory during the simulation. One simulations can take about 45-60 minutes to be completed, depending on the complexity.

The full simulation catalog can be found via labster.com/simulations/. You can sort the simulations by section (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Physics) and by course package. You can click on each simulation to find out the learning objectives and watch a video summary.

More information about Labster can be found on the website (English) or you can watch this video of the University of Utrecht (Dutch).  

How to use Labster

Teachers and students who want to use Labster need a laptop or desktop based computer (Windows or MacOS) with a supported browser (Firefox, Chrome or Safari) and a stable internet connection. We recommend using headphones during the simulations. Details about the minimum system requirements can be found here.

Contact

Teaching staff who would like to know more about Labster can visit the website or contact telt@utwente.nl.