Development and Implementation of a Virtual Cell Culture Lab Practical for an Introductory BME Lab Course

Benjamin David, Faisal Masood, Karin Jensen

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Abstract

The transition to remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the adaptation of an in-person cell culture lab practical to a virtual assessment in an introductory biomedical engineering lab course. The virtual lab practical was administered in the course LMS and implemented video, data analysis, and multiple-choice questions. Average student scores and grade distributions were comparable across in-person and virtual lab practical formats. Instructors observed fewer grading concerns for the virtual practical compared to previous in-person offerings. The virtual lab practical may be preferred over in-person lab practical in future offerings due to decreased student stress, lower cost, reduced required instructor time, and limited availability of equipment. Resources developed for the virtual practical, including video tutorials and a hemocytometer simulator to practice calculations, can be used by other educators and as supplements to existing course material.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBiomedical Engineering Education
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 27 2020

Keywords

  • Laboratory
  • Undergraduate
  • Lab practical
  • Online learning
  • Cell culture

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