In samenwerking met Amgen Foundation is deze maand LabXchange, een open Virtual Lab Platform voor biologie leerlingen, studenten en docenten geopend. Met dit platform kunnen docenten virtuele practica opzetten die leerlingen kunnen uitvoeren. Daarnaast kunnen leerlingen ook zelf virtuele practica uitvoeren.
Zie hieronder het nieuwsbericht en uitleg (Engels)
WHO ARE WE? A new initiative at Harvard University sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, LabXchange plans to build community around the teaching and learning of science through our free online platform for global science education. The platform – which launches in Fall 2019 – not only integrates the best of digital instruction and interactivity, but also connects students, teachers, and alumni in an online learning community for sharing and collaboration.
With an initial focus on the life sciences and related fields, LabXchange is building an intergenerational learning platform that integrates digital curricular content, dynamic experimental simulations and social networking—all to better expose students of varying backgrounds to the authentic and engaging experience of scientific discovery. LabXchange is being built on an open source platform (Open edX), and membership will always be free.
WHY? If we provide effective and accessible ways for students of all backgrounds to have authentic experiences of the scientific process, as well as clear roadmaps for success in the field of life sciences, then we can increase the number of students exploring, succeeding in, and ultimately continuing in science. To do this, we need more effective, engaging, and accessible ways for students of all backgrounds to experience authentic research. The LabXchange platform addresses three major obstacles facing, among others, high school students, high school teachers, and undergraduate students: lack of access to quality resources, laboratory experience, and an active, intergenerational scientific community.
OUR VALUES: We believe in equity, the value of scientific thinking, and the transformative power of education. We believe that every educator and every student deserves access to high-quality educational resources, and should feel empowered to take control of their learning experience. We are confident that an authentic understanding of science is inextricably linked to the doing of science. And we aspire to foster a new generation of scientists who champion digital technology and espouse collaborative, networked approaches to solving the world’s most pressing challenges.
HOW? The LabXchange digital platform consists of two components. The first is an online learning environment that provides background content in biology and research methodology, coupled with interactives and simulations that allow students to develop their ability to think scientifically. Users can also mix and match the content into individualized learning pathways, allowing them to control the learning context. The second is a social learning network that allows users to connect and share materials curated from the LabXchange repository, as well as their own research experiences in the form of case studies. The combination of high quality content with sharing capabilities allows us to integrate knowledge-based preparation for lab research, all the while building a more powerful learning community.
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT? Based at Harvard and sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, LabXchange is well positioned to serve as a creator, curator, and convener. Our network of partners includes top-of-the-line online content providers, scientific experts from world-class institutions, and a growing community of passionate, innovative educators. And our technological capabilities have enabled us to build a learning platform that is also a social learning network, transforming how science education is learned and taught.
OUR TEAM: From Harvard professors and public high school educators to instructional designers and industry experts, LabXchange brings together a community of experts who are passionate and dedicated to bringing science within the reach of all. Our team is comprised of a core administrative staff, and a growing group of educators and other partners who provide guidance, support, and expertise as we bring our platform closer to launch.