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.
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 Team at 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.
The JISC sponsored Outstanding ICT Initiative Award went to Bristol University for their innovative Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) developed by Bristol ChemLabS staff and Learning Science Ltd.
Sarah Porter, JISC’s head of innovation and one of the judges for the awards said, “By focusing on innovative approaches to using technology to improve learning, the project has had measurable, demonstrable impact on the attainment of students of chemistry at the University of Bristol. However, what made the project a winner is that a lot of careful thought and effort has been put into extending the impact of ChemLabS so that it benefits school pupils, students, teachers and lecturers across the whole UK. ChemLabS is an excellent example of what can happen when innovative technology is used to dissolve the barrier between a university and the world around it, and it is particularly welcome that this has been achieved in a challenging and crucial discipline area.”
We have today won a contract to develop materials to support two major text books in the US with interactive content for their eBook versions. We will be developing over 150 resources to support these publications that will help to bring a complex subject to life.
Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved the new dynamic lab manual for physiology and pharmcology goes live today with over 400 hundred students benefitting from this new system.
The new resources cover all aspects of physiological testing covered in this first year course and the pharmacology students will benefit from an improved understanding of the equipment that is core to their practical work.
With funding from the HEA, Learning Science will be working with the University of Bristol to develop techniques manuals to help students transition from A level to the first term of their university careers.
We will be working with academics to understand the needs of studnets and build resources that will help them become confident with using new equipment and practical skills.