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Leading academic institutions throughout the world are using LabArchives in lab courses.
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Course data and assignments can be accessed 24/7.
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Organize course data to match learning objectives.
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Does LabArchives require internet connectivity (wifi) in the lab?
Yes. LabArchives is a cloud based application. It is accessible via WiFi connection and/or via mobile devices via cellular connection to the Internet. LabArchives works on any device with a browser: tablets, laptops, Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iOS and Android Smartphones . LabArchives also has native apps for iOS and Android devices for people that prefer to access the platform via those devices. Professors, Students and TAs all have access to the platform 24/7. Some of our users use tablets protected in zip-lock plastic bags, others have All -In - One PCs on every lab station, others have two - three PCs or laptops available in every lab classroom, and others ask their students to bring a laptop or tablet to the lab class.
LabArchives is accessible from any device from the lab, classroom, from home, dorm room on a 24/7 basis.
If we still use some paper in the lab (drawing, equations, etc), how do students get this content into their LabArchives notebook?
Paper documents can be entered into LabArchives as scanned documents or photos (PDF, JPG, etc) with a single click using our free mobile Apps. Equations can be entered into LabArchives using the bulit in mathematical equation editor. LabArchives includes chemical drawing capabilities so students can draw directly from the platform as well as other annotations and drawing capabilities. This enables students to draw, and professors or TAs to annotate and interact in real-time with their students.
What happens to the notebooks after the term is over?
LabArchives keeps the notebooks in the system for a minimum of six months after the completion of the course. This enables students to refer to their earlier work in the next level course and to use LabArchvies as an ePortfolio for graduate school or employment. Students can also download a complete copy of their work to their PC. For professors, the notebook setup for the course, is quick and easy. When teaching the same course in the future, it is ready to go immediately.
What impact does LabArchives have on the quality of student notebooks? (Better, more complete, etc)
Our instructors tell us the students that use LabArchives generally have better organized notebooks and are more prepared for working in a professional research lab in Industry or academia.
How does LabArchives handle students working in pairs or groups?
LabArchives supports individual, pair and group project work.
How is LabArchives different then using Blackboard, Canvas, or other LMS?
LabArchives is designed to specifically serve scientific research and laboratory courses. LabArchives is the leading Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) in academic research labs and the only ELN with a version designed specifically for use in laboratory classrooms. We provide tools and functions not available in learning management systems (e.g. calculators, reference material, annotation functions, commenting, collaboration, search, writing functions, template design, customization options)
Does LabArchives integrate with Blackboard, Canvas and other LMS?
Yes, for authentication purposes and course data (students, grades) importation and exportation.
How much does it cost?
LabArchives costs nothing for the Instructor and TA. It lowers student costs. For $15, about the same amount as a paper lab notebook, students can use LabArchives. We offer two models: Student Pay and Institution Pay.
Student Pay: We collect payment via credit card, PayPal or book store debit account (requires agreement with campus book store). Students may use LabArchives at no charge until after the official "drop date" for the course.
Institution Pay: We invoice the instructor or the authorized person on behalf of the instructor for the students based on the actual course enrollment following the add/drop date.
Can my TAs use LabArchives?
Yes. LabArchives Classroom Edition is customized for course instruction. This means Professors, TAs and students have different rights. TA rights are similar to Professor rights, in that they are able to comment, annotate, grade, and collaborate with students. Professors can enable rights for TAs, and are completely in charge of their course and students. LabArchives is in use in courses of various sizes from 2 students to more than 2500 students with over 100 Sections.
Will you work with my TAs if they have questions?
Yes. We have a team of people dedicated to supporting the Classroom Edition for course roll out and throughout the course term. We will work with TAs during the initial roll out, helping train them on using LabArchives in instruction, and also with Instructors. If you would like us to do a special webinar for only your course and your TAs, we are happy to schedule work with you to customize a webinar at no charge.
How does the payment work?
EASY! Instructors or TAs paste the student emails into the Course Module. Once the student email addresses are entered, and the course is set up, the instructor clicks on a button which sends an email to the students for that course. The students activate their access via the link and are ready to go!
How long does it take to setup a course?
Courses can be ready to go in a few minutes. Most instructors say it takes less than an hour. A lot depends on how much content an instructor wants to put into the course in the beginning. Many instructors add course content as the course progresses, others setup the entire course in the beginning. But, if you want to get up and running quickly, it takes minutes.
Will you help me set up my course?
Of course. We have a team of people that can help you organize your lab notebook for instruction, load content, or answer questions. There is no charge for our help. If you would like to integrate a paid coursepack or text into LabArchives, we can help you do that as well, and we can also facilitate charging for the paid content, returning the fees to the institution.
Why should I change from paper lab notebooks or their electronic equivalents?
LabArchives provides students with a real-world experience. It is the same technology that is used in professional research labs at leading universities and research institutions throughout the world. But more than that, our instructors love using LabArchives for many reasons:
LabArchives solves some of the basic pain points of running a lab classroom. It ensures all students get the same information at the same time, enhances student communication and improves instructor and TA work flow and efficiency. Some of our instructors even appear in our videos.
What do students think about using LabArchives instead of traditional paper lab notebooks?
Students prefer LabArchives over paper. It is more digitally compatible to everything else they do.
Students like to share their work, can I limit this with LabArchives?
Students always find ways to share work if they are apt to do so. With LabArchives, you can see anything that happens in the notebook through our Activity Log. So you will be able to see who shared what with whom. If the instructor chooses, he or she can terminate access by previous students to the course.
Is LabArchives compliant with Section 508 Americans with Disabilities Act.
LabArchives is compliant with the following Web accessibility standards and laws:
How secure is the data in LabArchives?
LabArchives has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your Personal Information in our customer database. Personal Information provided to LabArchives is stored in secure facilities with access restricted to authorized personnel only. LabArchives is also FERPA compliant.
Physical Security, Backups, and Redundancies
Can the notebook or content within the notebook be locked?
Who is using LabArchives Classroom Edition?
This year, more than 1000 courses in higher ed use LabArchives as their primary workbook tool. There are courses with as many as 3000 students as well as others with two students. Major academic institutions such as University of Minnesota, University of Sydney, University of Maryland, Caltech and colleges such as Grinnel. This year, 550+ instructors representing 1000+ courses and 75,000 students are using LabArchives Classroom Edition in their classrooms
What if I want to change my course content?
You can add, remove or modify current course content at any time. If you have set up a course in LabArchives, and want to use the same content to teach the same course again, you can do that with a press of a button. LabArchives is entirely flexible to work with your content and workflow. Some professors like to feed content to students over the course term, others like to make their entire lab manual available on the first day the student has access. it is entirely up to the professor.
What other software does LabArchives integrate with?
LabArchives has direct integration with other scientific software and plugins for standard software. Google Docs, Microsoft Office applications, Graphpad Prism, Vernier Logger Pro.
I want to test LabArchives with a few sections before rolling out to all my students, can I do that?
Yes, we accommodate pilots all the time. Sometimes, instructors will start with a few sections and ramp much faster than they originally planned.
Does it work with smartphones & tablets? Are there Mobile Apps for LabArchives.
Yes, LabArchives also has native apps for iOS and Android devices for people that prefer to access the platform via those devices. It works with any browser for Mac and Windows and also works in the browser from a mobile device.
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EVERYTHING my students need for the lab is in the LabArchives notebook. The flexibility is amazing and I have complete control of the content. The TAs love that they can grade and comment quickly in LabArchives, giving students instant feedback without any paper handling.
Our experience identified these benefits of going digital: continual progress monitoring, protocols can be updated at anytime, help prepare graduates with a real-world research tool, etc. Based on my experience, the feedback of demonstrators and students, I recommended that LabArchives be used as the norm in the place of paper-based laboratory notebooks in all undergraduate practical classes.
Just thought I'd let you know that even our 3rd year (senior course) students are voting with their feet for LabArchives. Even though this is their last semester (traditionally not a time when new things are well received or tolerated), 90% of them have chosen to complete their lab records and write ups in LabArchives rather than the tool that they had previously been used.