A Better Lab Course Experience
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
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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.)