The new era of FNH teaching lab – Transforming lengthy lab procedure write-ups into informative online instructive video clips

Title The new era of FNH teaching lab - Transforming lengthy lab procedure write-ups into informative online instructive video clips
Faculty/College/Unit Land & Food Systems
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Christine Scaman
Year 1: Funded Amount 22,000
Year 1: Team Members

Imelda Cheung, Technician and instructor, Food, Nutrition, and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Xiumin Chen, Instructor, Food, Nutrition, and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Year 1: Summary

The lab courses (FNH 325/326/425) integrate the theories taught in FNH 300/301/302/309. We will develop instructive video clips that outline important experimental procedures as well as equipment standard operating procedures. Students will use the materials to familiarize themselves with lab procedures/instrument operations at their own pace prior to the lab sessions, and videos will be available for review as needed. Pre-lab quizzes (already used to test student preparation for the lab) will incorporate additional questions to provide an assessment on whether students have grasped the experimental procedures properly and provide answers immediately for guidance. The videos and quizzes together will serve to deepen student understanding of the concepts and procedures, and allow more time to be spent in the lab doing the experimental work, discussing difficult concepts and results. Teaching assistants can use the videos for training if they are not familiar with some of the techniques or equipment.

Year 1: TLEF Showcase Year 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Christine Scaman
Year 2: Funded Amount 20,320
Year 2: Team Members

Imelda Cheung, FNH Lecturer, Food, Nutrition, and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Year 2: Summary

Year 2 of the project will develop instructive video clips that outline important experimental procedures and equipment standard operating procedures for lab courses (FNH 325/326/425), which integrate the theoretical materials taught in FNH 300/301/302/309. Students will use the videos to familiarize themselves with lab procedures/instrument operations at their own pace before the lab sessions, and videos will be available for review as needed. Pre-lab quizzes (already used to test student preparation for the lab) will be modified to incorporate questions to provide an assessment on whether students have understood the experimental procedures correctly and provide feedback for guidance. In-class pop quizzes are developed to test student’s knowledge on main lab concepts. The videos and quizzes together will serve to deepen student understanding of the concepts and procedures, and allow more time in the lab for experimental work, discussing difficult concepts and results. Teaching assistants will use the videos for training if they are not familiar with some techniques or equipment they are supervising.