Analysis and characterisation of various interactions in face to face and remote access chemistry laboratories

Jianye Wei, Mauro Mocerino, David F. Treagust, Damien J. Carter, Marjan G Zadnik, Euan Lindsay, Anthony D. Lucey

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A detailed understanding about the learning process in the science laboratories can be helpful in designing both physical and remote laboratories and in improving learning. However, studies of face to face and remote laboratories have focused more on learning outcomes, and less upon the learning process. This research aims to study how interactions happen in learning, and how they affect the students’ learning outcomes, by answering these questions:
• What type and range of interactions do students engage in during face to face laboratory work?
• What type and range of interactions do students engage in during remote laboratory work?
• What level of interaction is essential for cognitive learning outcomes of students in face to face and remote laboratories?
• How do students' perceptions of their understanding of science concepts compare between face to face and remote labs?
Consequently, this research is designed to address this problem by focusing on coding and analysing student and instructor behaviours in both face to face and remote chemistry laboratory classes in two Australian universities. Direct observation and video/audio analysis based on one model which comprises a comprehensive list of interactions that happened in the laboratory classroom; as well as pre-laboratory and post-laboratory surveys have or will be used in the whole process. Results based on preliminary observations will be presented, which indicate that the frequency of various kinds of interactions in different laboratories have some common features.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
EventTeaching & Learning Forum 2017 - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 02 Feb 201703 Feb 2017 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceTeaching & Learning Forum 2017
Abbreviated titleInnovation: Multiple dimensions in teaching and learning
OtherThe Teaching and Learning Forum (TLF) is an annual conference, held in Perth, Western Australia. The inaugural Teaching and Learning Forum was held in 1992 and included the five Western Australian universities. Each year since then, the Forum has continued the tradition of bringing together educators from across the higher education sector to share, challenge and develop their ideas about teaching and learning. This event provides an inclusive space for people to explore and disseminate their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The TLF committee warmly welcomes everyone involved in higher education, from early career academics who may have recently started teaching to experienced researchers.

The theme for 2017 is Innovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning. This Forum aims to include presentations that highlight and explore innovations relevant to higher education. Some topics may include, but are not limited to: curriculum of the future; emerging learning technologies; global collaborations; STEM in higher education; graduate capabilities or students as partners. Where appropriate, presenters are encouraged to be as interactive and collaborative in their presentations as possible.

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