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Use your existing course content or use ours -- It is as easy as drag and drop. Add course details: name, description, start date. And when you are ready to invite students, use the link the platform provides. LabArchives integrates with: Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, MS Office, Google Docs, SnapGene, Vernier, and iChemLabs. It gives you more time to do what you do best - teach!
1 Build Your Course Content 2 Add Course Details 3 Distribute to Students
> What is a LabArchives Notebook?
LabArchives is the worlds leading ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook) with 400,000 scientists and more than 80,000 students using the LabArchives Platform this year
> What is LabArchives Professional Edition?
LabArchives Professional Edition is the collaborative platform that is used by scientists around the world to manage their research.
> What is LabArchives Classroom Edition?
LabArchives Classroom Edition IS the Professional Edition, but it includes a suite of course management tools to make it easy to use in higher ed lab courses (grading, assignment creator, integrations with Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, lab manual publishing, etc).
> What is Lab Builder?
Lab Builder is the name of the curated library of lab course content you can use to create your course. You have access to this notebook by default AND you have your own blank notebook (called My Course Notebook) in which you will build your course content. All of the content in Lab Builder is there for you to use, customize and distribute through LabArchives to your students.
> Terminology: Notebook, Folder, Page, and Entry
These are terms used in the LabArchives platform to describe the hierarchical structure used to organize their content or data. It is similar to folder and file structures on a computer hard drive or cloud storage system.
> What types of course materials are available in Lab Builder?
Materials are divided into Labs, Protocols, and Course Packs. Labs include background materials, procedures, and assignments. Protocols are simple procedures. Course Packs are curated collections of materials for semester-long lab courses. These curated sets of materials include labs, protocols, assignments, and instructor resources.
> Can I use my own course materials?
Absolutely! Students have access to content as it is updated by you. You don't have to provide all the content for the entire term if you don't want to. You can add a new lab or protocol as we grow the Lab Builder library or make changes to your own content on the fly.
> How do I find course materials in Lab Builder?
You can browse by folder to find your specific discipline and sub-discipline. Or, try a keyword using the search bar at the top of the screen.
> How do I transfer content from Lab Builder to one of my notebooks?
Once you find an item you wish to transfer to your personal course notebook, right-click on the folder or page and select "copy-to".
> Where can I customize and build my course?
After transferring content to a notebook you own, you can adapt this content and upload your own course materials.
> How many Labs or Protocols can I transfer?
As many as you like! Keep checking in, as we will be updating the library on an ongoing basis
> How do students gain access to LabArchives?
> How frequently can I update my course?
You can update your course at any time, as often as you like, even right before class!
> Can I share my course materials with the LabArchives instructor community?
Yes, we would love to hear from you! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
> Does LabArchives require wifi in the lab? Does LabArchives work on any device?
Yes. LabArchives can be accessed via wifi connection or with a mobile device. LabArchives works with any device running a browser: tablet, laptop, PC, Mac, iOS and Android smartphones. LabArchives has native iOS and Android apps for mobile use. Access LabArchives from any device in any location 24/7.
> What is the cost of Lab Builder / LabArchives Classroom Edition?
Lab Builder is included as a part of LabArchives. There is no additional cost to use Lab Builder content for instructors or for students. Instructors do not have to pay anything to use LabArchives in their course and they receive, complimentary, the Professional Edition of Lab Archives as well.
> How often is the Lab Builder library updated?
The Lab Builder library will be updated on a rolling basis. The initial release includes 150 labs and 40 protocols. Over time, you will see more content from more disciplines and sub-disciplines.
> If my course still uses paper in the lab (drawings, equations, etc.) how do students get this content into their LabArchives notebook?
The instructor notebook is the master notebook for the course it serves as the lab manual and the lab notebook LabArchives enables direct entry of sketches, drawings and equations. Paper documents can be entered into LabArchives as scanned documents or photos (PDF, JPG, etc). Equations can be entered with the built-in mathematical equation tool or as an image file. LabArchives includes digital sketching and drawing capabilities, chemical drawing capabilities, and image annotation tools. Users can draw and annotate images directly within the platform just as they would in a paper notebook.
> How is LabArchives different than Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, or other learning management systems?
Unlike learning management systems (LMS), LabArchives is specifically designed for scientific research and laboratory courses. LabArchives offers tools and functions not available in an LMS. LabArchives has integrations with some LMS offerings (Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard).
> I want to test LabArchives with a few sections before rolling out to all my students, can I do that?
Yes, LabArchives is always willing to organize pilot programs for instructors.
> What is the difference between an instructor notebook, lab manual, and student notebook?
The instructor notebook is the master notebook for the course it serves as the lab manual and the lab notebook. The instructor uses this notebook to push out new course content, modify course content, communicate with students and TAs, and submit grades. In addition to this, instructors may also have master notebooks for other courses as well. The lab manual can be created by the instructor at any time and lives alongside the course notebook. Student notebooks are copies of the instructor’s master notebook that the student can add additional folders, pages, and entries to while also submitting assignments and receiving feedback and grades from course instructors and TAs.
> What impact does LabArchives have on the quality of student notebooks? (Better, more complete, etc.)
LabArchives student notebooks are better organized than paper notebooks and are more useful to students as they prepare and apply for professional positions in industry or academia.
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> What do students think about using LabArchives instead of traditional paper lab notebooks?
Students prefer LabArchives as it is more compatible with their increasingly digital skill set, enables more interaction with course instructors and TAs, and reduces student costs. Download study here.
> Can students work in groups or pairs in LabArchives?
Students can work individually, in pairs, or in groups in LabArchives.
> How do students work in groups or pairs in LabArchives?
Groups or pairs can collaborate within shared pages and notebooks. When the group is ready to submit, students can submit their work for grading as a group.
> Will LabArchives help me monitor student activity and ensure student work is authentic?
With the LabArchives Activity Feed,Instructors and TAs can see all student activities. Instructors and TAs can see details about actions taken by students throughout the course.
> Does LabArchives provide reports regarding student engagement?
The LabArchives Activity Feed provides instructors and TAs with data on student logins, time spent on the platform, activities completed, and other specifics that allow instructors to get a sense of how much, or how little, a student is engaging with course content.
> What software does LabArchives integrate with?
LabArchives integrates with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Graphpad Prism, Vernier Logger Pro, iChemLabs, Box, TypeSet.IO, SnapGene, Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard.
> Does LabArchives integrate with Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle or other learning management systems?
Yes, LabArchives works inside of learning management systems (LMS). Course enrollment and grading sync between LabArchives and LMS, saving instructors time and keeping their courses organized.
> Can TAs use LabArchives?
Yes. TAs and instructors use LabArchives in very similar ways. Like instructors, TAs can collaborate with students, leave comments and annotations, and grade student work within LabArchives. Professors control editing rights for TAs.
> Does LabArchives work with TAs if they have questions?
Yes, the LabArchives support team is available to answer instructor, TA, and student questions throughout the term. LabArchives also offers customized webinar trainings at no charge.
> How long does it take to setup a course?
Just a few minutes! Some instructors set up their entire course at the beginning of the term while others add course content as the term progresses. Either way, getting a course up and running on LabArchives takes minutes.
> Will LabArchives help me set up my course?
The LabArchives support team is available to help instructors set up their courses and to answer instructor, TA, and student questions at any point during the semester.
> What if I want to change my course content during the semester?
Instructors can add, remove, or modify course content anytime. Changes are posted to the notebook/manual immediately. LabArchives offers instructors ultimate flexibility.
> Can I use LabArchives in more than one course?
Instructors can use LabArchives for multiple courses at any time. Most instructors create a separate course notebook / manual for each course and share it with the students enrolled in that course.
> Can I use LabArchives in my courses and in my research work?
Of course! Many instructors have multiple notebooks for course instruction and many other notebooks for their personal work and research. Like course notebooks, instructors have complete control over who has access and editing rights within their research notebooks.
> Can the notebook or content within the notebook be locked?
Pages and notebooks can be locked. Once submitted, assignments are “locked”. Instructors and TAs can remove the “lock” when necessary.
> What happens to notebooks when the term ends?
The instructor notebook is the master notebook for the course it serves as the lab manual and the lab notebook. When a course ends, LabArchives notebooks remain in the system for a minimum of six months. Students can refer back to their work or export it as an ePortfolio for graduate school or employment applications. Instructors can duplicate their notebooks for use in future courses.
> What about equipment contamination fears?
Working with laptops or tablets in the lab is not always feasible. LabArchives makes importing paper documents easy. By importing paper documents, students insure their data will not be misplaced or damaged, their work will be backed up, and easily accessed and shared later.
> My students pay for a lab manual and my department/institution receives a royalty. Can LabArchives accommodate custom publishing activities such as this?
Yes. If an instructor or department charges for their course manual, LabArchives can facilitate collection of payment and remittance of fees to the department or institution. There are no minimum term obligations, proofing costs, or publishing set-up fees. Students realize lower costs and departments / institutions recover expenses as a result of the efficiency and cost structure of LabArchives for this purpose.
> How does payment work if LabArchives is being paid for by students?
Once students have been enrolled in the course, the instructor sends the entire course an access an access link. If students are on financial aid, LabArchives can ensure those students will not have to pay, or pay the amount dictated by the institution. If the institution requires purchase through the bookstore, LabArchives will work directly with the bookstore. If the institution requires payment to be made by the institution or department, LabArchives can invoice accordingly.
> Is LabArchives FERPA compliant?
LabArchives is FERPA, HIPAA, and GDPR compliant and meets all industry accessibility standards.
> Is LabArchives compliant with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act,
and WCAG Accessibility Guidelines?
Yes! LabArchives complies with industry and education accessibility and security standards.
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> What kind of information security does LabArchives employ?
LabArchives protects data, personal information, payment information, and all content within the platform with firewalls, virus scanning, penetration tests, security scans, encryption at rest and in transit, and redundant disaster recovery backups.
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"...we found, a statistically significant improvement in all three main categories we were interested in communication, documentation, and presentation..."
Dr. Tanya Nocera, Assistant Professor of Practice, The Ohio State University
1(citation: Okon, M. D., & Nocera, T. M. (2017, June), Electronic Lab Notebooks Impact Biomedical Engineering Students’ Quality of Documentation and Technical Communication Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.)