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  • > 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.

  • > Who is using LabArchives Classroom Edition?

    More than 1000 courses in higher education use LabArchives as their lab notebook. These courses range in size from 2 to 3000 students. LabArchives is used globally by higher education institutions of all sizes.

  • > How much does it cost?

    LabArchives is free for instructors and TAs and lowers student costs. LabArchives can combine lab notebook, lab manual, and reference material in a single system for less than what students currently pay for custom printed or published lab manuals. For $15, less than the cost of a paper lab notebook, students can use LabArchives. AND, students do not have to pay for a lab manual.  Students or institutions can pay for LabArchives.

     

    • Student Paid: Students can pay for LabArchives with a credit card, PayPal, or through their university bookstore.
    • Institution Paid:  LabArchives collects payment from the institution.
  • > What is a LabArchives lab notebook?

    Instructor notebook: Is the master notebook for the course that serves as the lab manual and the lab notebook. The instructor has course administration, grading, content publishing, collaboration, and other workflow capabilities built into their master notebook.

     

    Student notebook: Is a copy of the instructor’s master notebook in which the student can add additional folders, pages, and entries, submit assignments, and receive feedback from instructors and TAs.

  • > 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.

    Download study here.

  • > 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*. (*Release 2018)

  • 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 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.

    View the full list here.

  • Is LabArchives FERPA compliant?

    LabArchives is FERPA, HIPAA, and GDPR compliant and meets all industry accessibility standards. View the full list here.

  • 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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