Using CoLABnet to help students understand collaborative scientific research practices

Resource Title:
Using CoLABnet to help students understand collaborative scientific research practices
Source:
Other
Technology Tool:
Simulations/Case Studies
Pedagogical Goal:
Improving teamwork during group projects/activities
Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
Course Type:
Lab
Academic Area:
Science, Technology, and Math
Discipline:
Chemistry
Faculty Name:
Nancy Kerner

Nancy Kerner, LSA - Chemistry, created CoLABnet (Collaborative Laboratories through Networked Computers) in order to give science students experience with how experiments are conducted and conclusions are reached in the “real world.” 

Students work in the lab in teams, with each using its own set of samples and/or conditions. Each team funnels its data into the CoLABnet software program, which then collects, pools and summarizes the qualitative and quantitative data and places it into a customized databank. Students can then study, manipulate and analyze the data in a laboratory context that simulates the scientific process that they might follow as professional scientists.