Laboratory environments address many different types of teaching from pre-lab lectures, to organizing group work and providing assessment to students on their work. In laboratories the instructor helps the students to think through the concepts underlying the experiments they are performing, and ensure the experiments run smoothly logistically. Instructors must know the lab methods thoroughly to help students with both logistical and procedural questions and understand the connections between the overall course learning goals and the laboratory activities.
How can I teach effective science labs?
- Tips for Teaching Labs (from the Sheridan Center)
- From Carnegie Mellon University’s Enhancing Education site
- From the CIRTL Network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning)
- From Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence
- From Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching
Resources for Graduate Teaching Assistants:
- From the University of California – Berkeley’s Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Resource Center
- From the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (see part 6)
Assessing Lab Reports