BUILDING A LABORATORY SKILLS VIDEO REPOSITORY FOR MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES

Jack Tsang-Hsing Wang, Lauren E. Gilmour

Abstract


BACKGROUND
Laboratory skills are essential in the biological sciences workforce (Smith, Grando, & Fotinatos, 2016), and virtual laboratories have become increasingly prevalent. Instructors need support in their transition to online delivery (Rasheed, Kamsin, & Abudllah., 2020), and there is a paucity of standardised guidelines for developing laboratory training videos.

AIMS
This project aims to address how students engage with online laboratory training and inform the future production of laboratory videos.

DESIGN AND METHODS
Laboratory videos were produced for a blended microbiology course in 2019 (390 students). Video analytics were collected from July-November 2019, student performance was assessed through laboratory examinations (Wang, Huston, Johanesen, Lloyd, & Waller, 2018), and student perceptions monitored through course surveys (26% response rate).

RESULTS
Six 5-minute videos had 2500 views, with >160 hours of total watch time. Average video viewing duration was >70% and 25% of viewers used English subtitles. Audience retention for technique demonstration scenes was significantly higher than other scenes in each video (p<0.0001). Students performed well in laboratory examinations (91.86 +/- 0.5% across all six skills), and 34% of student respondents cited “laboratory resources” as the best part of the course.

CONCLUSIONS
We observed active viewing engagement, strong assessment performance, and positive student perceptions of lab demonstration videos. This highlights the value and utility of laboratory videos in blended and online learning environments.

REFERENCES
Rasheed, R. A., Kamsin, A., & Abdullah, N. A. (2020). Challenges in the online component of blended learning: A systematic review. Computers & Education, 144, 103701.
Smith JV, Grando D, & Fotinatos N. (2016). Graduate employment trends in the life sciences: implications for microbiology educators. Microbiology Australia, 37, 56-9.
Wang, J. T., Huston, W. M., Johanesen, P., Lloyd, M., & Waller, K. L. (2018). A laboratory competency examination in microbiology. FEMS microbiology letters, 365(20), fny224.

Keywords


laboratory training, blended learning, video-based learning

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