In collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust, Learning Science is building a child and parent focused website to bring together the best primary science resources available. Interactives, videos, websites; we will select only high quality resources that you can trust.
The internet is a wonderful thing. So much information at our fingertips, the downside is that it can be overwhelming and sometimes it’s hard to pick out the good from the bad. If you are looking for resources such as videos or websites for your children to use, how do you know which ones are worth looking at?
Over the next few months, our scientists will be trawling the web to find the best educational science resources suitable for primary school age children. We’ll be playing games, watching videos and working through interactives to pick out the creme de la creme of what’s available. The website will be easy to navigate and will link to only excellent, subject-specific resources based on sound science, so you don’t need to waste time on google but can direct your children and students to great resources at the click of a button.
We are currently working with the Bristol based branding company Marriage on the design. More details in the near future…
We are pleased to announce the development of our HTML5 version of Cengage LabSkills for Higher Education.
HTML5 is becoming increasingly popular as it allows interactive content and videos to be played on operating systems that do not support adobe flash. This means you will soon be able to use Labskills on mobile devices such as androids, iphones and ipads.
As well as the added compatibility, the html5 Cengage LabSkills will include new content, including activities on boiling point, sublimation, polarimetry and steam distillation.
Following the success of eBiolabs and Bristol ChemLabS Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM), this winter marks the completion of a multi-year project to implement DLMs in the Schools of of Biological Sciences, Physics and Dentistry.
The Dynamic Laboratory Manual is an online interactive learning environment designed to complement the undergraduate laboratory teaching. Interactive simulations and videos are accompanied by quizzes and feedback to encourage learning and thoroughly prepare students for lab sessions.
The new Biological sciences, Physics and Dentistry DLMs have been going live over the past year and are now complete. There are also new resources for students studying Electrical Engineering and Anatomy. Initial surveys found a high level of student satisfaction with the online resources.
This project has been yet another successful collaboration between Learning Science and the University of Bristol and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved.
We are pleased to announce the Launch of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Aspirin Screen Experiment, a free interactive tool for Chemistry teachers and students.
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The active ingredient of aspirin is found in willow bark which has been used as a painkiller for hundreds of years. Aspirin was patented in 1900 by the German company Bayer and nowadays is a generic medicine produced on a scale of ~35 tons per year. Aspirin synthesis is commonly studied at A-level as an example of an organic chemistry experiment.
The RSC interactive is targeted at chemistry students aged 16-18 and allows users to run their own experiments online, learning about synthesis and purification before attempting the real thing in the lab. The resource is split into four levels, each of which should take about 40 minutes to complete. The levels include videos and simulations and calculations and is built in HTML5 so will work on the latest browsers, smartphones and tablet devices.
Building on the successful model of A level Chemistry LabSkills, we are excited to announce the release of our new product ’A level Biology LabSkills’
Biology is a subject taught through investigations, and success involves mastering a number of key skills and techniques. Biology LabSkills allows students to explore concepts and skills through an interactive and dynamic set of resources.
The resource has been built with the guidance of experienced teachers who understand where students typically struggle.
For more information including a full contents list, curriculum match documents and example interactions visit www.labskills.co.uk.
The University of Bristol’s eBiolabs and Bristol ChemLabS were runners up in the first ever Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence category.
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.
We’re looking to recruit a new developer to our friendly and hard working team. You’ll use the latest web technologies to produce outstanding interactive e-learning materials (think canvas element, drag and drop, animation, client side MVC). The work you do will be seen by thousands of students worldwide – you could help inspire a future generation of scientists.
You’ll work on a variety of projects, some small enough for you to take full ownership, and others where you’ll work as part of a team. You could be on a project aimed at primary school children one week and postgraduate students the next – on subjects from anatomy to nanotechnology.
What we’re looking for
• You have a real passion for the web and want to work with the latest web technologies.
• You have strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate and solve problems with others.
• You’ll be able to demonstrate your portfolio of web developments.
• You have familiarity with a server side programming language.
• You don’t need to be able to code for IE6 – we’re firmly focused on modern HTML5 browsers.
• Collaborate with our science and design team to implement new and exciting products.
• Work on your own and as part of a team.
• Keep our technology stack current, by championing new client-side tools and libraries.
• Write good quality, clean, tested code.
About Learning Science
We are a successful and growing company. We are at the forefront of e-learning in science education and enjoy pushing the web to provide excellent solutions for our clients. We take our science seriously and employ experienced designers and subject matter experts to make sure that the materials we produce are innovative, effective and accurate. You don’t need to have a PhD in physics to work here but having an in interest in science and technology outside of web development would be great.
If you are looking to work in a great environment on varied projects then please email your CV to us. No agencies
Learning Science Ltd and Bristol ChemLabS, working with Cengage Learning Inc., attended a one-day meeting in San Diego on March 24 to showcase the new LabSkills software to an audience of academics from across the USA. Further demonstrations took place at the American Chemical Society meeting the following week, where the clear visual design and clever interactions drew strong interest from students and professors alike.
Over the past year, Learning Science Ltd and Bristol ChemLabS have been creating two new versions of the software that have been specifically matched to General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses taught in the US. Each version contains pre-lab resources covering common apparatus, instruments, techniques, safety and calculations and will be delivered through Cengage Learning’s OWL, a market leading online homework system for chemistry.
Tony Baldwin, Director of Learning Science, said, “Trying to get students engaged and prepared before they get to the labs is a problem that is faced by Universities and Colleges across America. What we are offering really helps achieve this and that is why it is generating a lot of excitement with everyone who sees it. LabSkills in San Diego has been a great success!”
‘LabSkills PreLabs for General Chemistry’ and ‘LabSkills PreLabs for Organic Chemistry’ are due to be launched in August 2012.
Learning Science Ltd and Bristol ChemLabS are pleased to announce a partnership with Cengage Learning to develop a new online version of the award-winning Chemistry LabSkills software which will bring the very latest e-learning innovations in practical science-based interactive learning and skills development to chemistry students all around the world.
Initially launched in 2008 to support the UK A-Level Chemistry market, versions of Chemistry LabSkills are now used by thousands of schools and universities in over thirty countries worldwide.
Bill Heslop, Director of Learning Science, said, “Cengage Learning is one of the world’s most successful science publishers and a leader in electronic publishing. We are extremely excited to be working with them on taking LabSkills to the next level”.
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide with brands including Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth.
“We are pleased to work with Learning Science and Bristol ChemLabS to advance digital solutions for Chemistry students,” said Lisa Lockwood, Executive Editor for Chemistry, Cengage Learning.
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the the Getting Practical Teamat the Association for Science Education, in the last month over 2000 additional schools have received their own copies of LabSkills. Nearly 3000 have already registered to use the software, which will provide a great boost to practical chemistry classes across the UK.
The Royal Society of Chemistry leads the Discover LabSkills initiative to provide every UK school with access to LabSkills.