Adapting a Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory Course to an Online Delivery Format

Abhishek Bhattacharjee, Mona Jawad, Eileen M. Johnson, Anna M. Busza, Riley John Lehmann, Benjamin M. David, Pablo Perez-Pinera, Karin Jensen

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The COVID-19 pandemic has required a substantial increase in online course delivery across higher education. While hands-on laboratory courses are common offerings in biomedical engineering undergraduate programs that have been shown to improve learning outcomes [1], adapting them for online and remote formats is difficult. Specifically, practical skills (e.g., “The degree to which students can properly use scientific equipment, technology, and instrumentation, follow technical and professional protocols, and/or demonstrate proficiency in physical laboratory techniques, procedures, and measurements” [2]) are often regarded as challenging to teach outside a traditional laboratory setting [3]. In an effort to provide students enrolled in an online cell and tissue engineering lab course with hands-on activities for learning lab techniques, we prepared a kit containing the equipment and supplies needed to perform the activities remotely and mailed it to students. The activities included micropipetting exercises, casting and loading DNA gels, simulating cell culture, performing protein quantification and studying enzyme kinetics using protocols that were adapted to meet safety and equipment limitations. The instructors organized synchronous lab session meetings with students to review lab protocols and detailed videos of experiments as well as to discuss experimental design and data analysis. Finally, students also completed one asynchronous lab session and a livestreamed session facilitated by an instructor wearing a GoPro to compare to the synchronous pre-recorded video format. Students will be asked to complete an optional end of semester survey to assess the effectiveness of the online delivery format to accomplish the learning objectives. In this presentation we will provide a detailed description of the experiments we created and the delivery format we developed for online students as well as the student evaluation of instruction. The results of this work can be used to adopt similar at home instructional lab models at other institutions as well as guide the implementation of future online and hybrid lab course offerings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jul 26 2021
Event2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, ASEE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 26 2021Jul 29 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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