Enhancing Lab Teaching and Safety using Mobile Learning Tools

TitleEnhancing Lab Teaching and Safety using Mobile Learning Tools
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

This project will enhance undergraduate learning and the safety of all users of the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing’s High Head Laboratory (undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and noncredit professional learners) by augmenting and extending a multimedia learning system that is currently accessible via mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). The system was developed in 2011 by Centre staff, instructors and students using a small grant from Nokia Products Ltd. and is currently in use by students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing program. Using the camera application of their smartphone or tablet, students scan bar codes affixed to lab machinery to access safety instructions and operating procedures specific to each piece of equipment. TLEF funding is requested to create additional content such as animations, videos, graphics and glossaries that will support and supplement course lab work and provide real-world context on how the equipment is used in industrial situations.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2012/2013
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorIain Macdonald
Year 1: Funded Amount8,500
Year 1: Team Members

Iain Macdonald, Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry