Runner-up in the Guardian University award for Teaching Excellence
The award, sponsored by The Higher Education Academy, acts as a benchmark for excellence and recognises universities that are dedicated to high-quality teaching, including innovation in teaching and learning methods and the introduction of technology in teaching.
Bristol’s eBiolabs and Bristol ChemLabS were shortlisted for their innovative web-based, fully interactive Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM), which supports undergraduate laboratory-based teaching and learning with video, fully interactive simulations and virtual instrumentation together with inbuilt pre- and in-laboratory e-assessment and safety training.
The DLMs have completely replaced the traditional printed lab manuals in chemistry and biomedical sciences which allows students to practice laboratory methods and techniques online prior to the lab thereby greatly aiding preparation and confidence. By further integrating quizzes, coursework submission and automated marking systems along with instant feedback and attendance tracking, these DLMs have radically changed the student and staff experience. Furthermore, the LabSkills software developed with Bristol-based e-learning company Learning Science Ltd has led to innovative DLM-style products which have been sold to schools and universities in over 30 countries worldwide.
Dr Gus Cameron, eBiolabs Director from the University’s School of Biochemistry, said: “We are absolutely delighted to achieve this recognition. Our Dynamic Laboratory Manuals have radically improved both the student and the staff experience in the laboratory and this award acts as a very welcome endorsement of all that we have achieved.”
Professor Nick Norman, Bristol ChemLabS Chief Executive and Head of the School of Chemistry, said: “ChemLabS and eBiolabs have been recognised by the University of Bristol as one of the most important recent teaching and learning initiatives, and work is underway to further develop this activity in other disciplines. For us to achieve such recognition with this national award is testament to the quality of undergraduate education at Bristol.”
The winners were announced at the Guardian University Awards on Wednesday 27 February 2013 in London. For more details click here.