Modules

The course is structured with an introduction in week 1 followed by 5 modules with a showcase of participants' projects at the end.
There are 2 modes of participation: (1) Self paced; and (2) Action Learning. 



MODULE 1: The Role of Lab Classes in the Digital Age
Practical skills are essential, especially in practice-based disciplines, such as nursing and engineering. In fact accreditation bodies such as Engineers Australia require students to complete a significant number of laboratory activities. Laboratories also allow for very effective learning activities for students.

This module will explore different pedagogical approaches to practical learning activities such as enquiry-based, expository and problem-based. It will link those approaches to specific learning outcomes that can be readily addressed by practical learning activities.

This will allow participants to plan new labs or evaluate exiting labs to ensure that the learning activities effectively address the intended learning outcomes. 






MODULE 2: Educational Principles
Educational principles, such as setting learning objectives and constructively aligning curriculum and student activities are key to an effective learning experience for students.
 
They also support teacher in articulating clear expectations from students. Applying these principles will make laboratory activity more achievable for students and students will lean and retain the right skills.
 
While there has been some drive at universities at looking closely at educational principles for academic courses, the same does rarely apply to laboratory classes. Often laboratories are taught in the same way academics have completed the activities when they were students themselves.
 
Focusing on a few core educational principles, this module will enable practitioners to reflect on their own practice and re-think think their labs with those principles in mind.







MODULE 3: Contrasting Approaches: - Hands-on, Remotely Accessed Labs and Simulations
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MODULE 4: Elements of Effective Educational Practice
Laboratory learning experiences are most valuable when students are well prepared in advance and take time later to integrate the experience with their prior knowledge. Effective design of pre-lab activities can help to ensure that students are ready with essential knowledge and skills for the laboratory activity. 

Post-lab activities can assist with interpreting and integrating what they learned. This module explores some of the goals that may be identified and methods that may be applied to developing pre- and post-lab activities to maximise the learning that is developed through individual or collaborative laboratory experiences. 




MODULE 5: Lesson / Activity Structures
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SHOWCASE
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