Akron A&P Lab Coordinator Evolves from Custom Print to LabRight with Van-Griner Learning…
More than a decade ago, Human A&P Lab Coordinator Jeff Spencer from the University of Akron was using an off-the-shelf lab manual from a major publisher. But he had a different vision of what his labs could be and when he learned about how Van-Griner Learning would work with him to help make his vision a reality he was all in. Taking to the task with relish, he began gathering images for his Human A&P I and II lab manuals. Van-Griner Learning helped Jeff develop his vision including printing cardstock flashcards in the back of the manual for students to tear out and use for studying.
Lessons, Pre-Labs, and Class Activities
Jeff crafted labs that fit his lab environment and book-ended them with lessons, pre-labs and class activities. The manuals featured notes-taking sections and were printed on glossy paper to make the images pop. In a nutshell, Spencer created exactly the print resource that suited him and his classes at the time.
Taking It All Digital
Fast forward to spring 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic. Jeff wanted to go digital for fall so Van-Griner Learning took his material and applied it to the LabRight A&P platform, again creating exactly the resource he desired. His platform is integrated into Brightspace so students access the platform through their LMS for a single-server sign-on. His flashcards transitioned online so students could still study from them by “turning them over” for the correct answer. He was also able to take advantage of the BioDigital 2D and 3D rotatable models available on LabRight A&P that nearly mimic students’ ability to manipulate a model in lab. These interactive images also allow students to zoom in and out, color, and hide features, making them a valuable learning and study tool. His pre-labs are automatically graded and according to Jeff’s wishes, students are allowed to re-answer pre-lab questions until they get them all correct. His class activities are graded for completion. Grades from turned-in assignments migrate instantly to the class gradebook. In fact, since the platform is already in the school LMS, where the gradebook is, student grades are never “out” of the LMS.
Jeff’s Material is Available For Other Instructors Working With Van-Griner Learning
His Human A&P I was taught on LabRight during fall 2020. His Human A&P II transitioned to LabRight in spring 2021. Jeff could not be more pleased.
“During these changing and uncertain times, Van-Griner developed my online digital manual to meet the needs of a novel approach to A&P lab instruction. I’m impressed with the quality, ease of navigation and integration with our University’s learning management software Van-Griner’s team supplied for my manual. The support and communication that Van-Griner’s team provided during its creation was exceptional. Any problems were dealt with immediately and greatly reduced my stress levels during this overwhelming time.” – Jeff Spencer
Full Testimonial… “I’ve been very impressed over the past 10 years with Van-Griner. The quality of the lab manual we produced is better than expected. When we had to create a digital manual due to COVID-19, the Van-Griner team stepped up and integrated it with our university’s learning management system. Outstanding people to work with!”
Anatomy & Physiology Lab Coordinator the University of Akron
LabRight A&P is a Perfect Solution for Face-to-Face, Virtual or Hybrid Labs
- The pre-lab features introductory materials, slides, simulations, and quizzes ensuring students are ready for the lab when they arrive.
- In-lab, students can use LabRight to make recordings and enter data, and post-lab it’s perfect for write-ups, lab reports, and calculations.
- Use some of the pre- and post-lab features with your face-to-face lab to make for an efficient and synchronized experience. This can shorten lab time allowing room for additional students.
- Begin with our labs or your own to create the perfect virtual lab. Variable data, simulations and videos provide students a rich away-from-school experience.
Enjoy all the benefits of the LabRight brand including…
- Lab work automatically graded
- Prepared students for the lab
- More uniform lab sections
- A reduction in cheating
- Real-time course metrics
- More student interactivity
- LMS integration and training
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