|Title||Using virtual reality to prepare Bioscience students for practical classes|
|Authors||Coleman, S.K., Volpi, E. and Smith, C.L.|
Professional bodies and employers expect Bioscience graduates to have a range of laboratory skills. Undergraduates start Bioscience courses at University of Westminster with a variable range of laboratory competencies, reflecting the diversity of their entry qualifications. Many science practical classes require students to work in groups where unprepared or unconfident students may hide behind peers and not fully hone their practical skills. Equipment and reagents in cutting-edge areas of the Molecular Biosciences are prohibitively expensive and sometimes hazardous for use in large undergraduate classes.
Virtual practicals provide a simulated laboratory environment where students can have 24h access to laboratory equipment usually not available for undergraduate students and make mistakes safely. Questions within the simulations must be answered before the user can progress.
|Keywords||Virtual laboratories, student engagement, Labster, bioscience|
|Conference||16th Westminster Symposium Innovate!|
|Funder||Quintin Hogg Trust|
|Web address (URL) of conference proceedings||https://myintranet.westminster.ac.uk/teaching-innovation/teaching-practice/learning-and-teaching-symposium|