Use of tablets for instruction and learning in microbiology labs

Karen Louise Møller, Marianne Georgsen, Vibe Alopaeus Jelsbak

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In the Bachelor Programme of Biomedical Laboratory Analysis at University College VIA, the students work in a classified microbiology laboratory. This means that they are not allowed to bring their personal computers into the lab. Until now the students have used paper based lab instructions and taken notes by hand. Use of tablets in the lab offers new opportunities. In September 2012, nine tablets were introduced into one of the labs of the college. Groups of students use the tablets to access documents, watch video instructions, and to document results and procedures digitally. The objectives of this project are to develop a technological infrastructure to support students’ work in the lab and to develop teaching and learning resources. Our research question is: How is teaching and learning in the laboratory influenced by the tablets and the following multimodal teaching and learning materials? The empirical part of the project has been documented through field observations in the lab (in writing and with photos). We have found the following to be characteristic of the work of the students: the students use the tablets collaboratively, take more photos than requested, use the video based instructions, use the internet access, and combine the use of tablets with paper based instructions.
TitelATEE-SIREM Winter Conference Proceedings : Learning & Teaching with Media & Technology
RedaktørerParmigiani Davide, Pennazio Valentina, Traverso Andrea
Antal sider11
ForlagAssociation for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE)
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789081563956
StatusUdgivet - 2013
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • bioanalytikeruddannelse
  • e-learning
  • ipads
  • microbiology lab
  • tablets