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Board # 13 :The Student Educational Experience with Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (Work in Progress)

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Biomedical Division Poster Session

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Monica Dominique Okon The Ohio State University

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Monica Okon, a current graduate student in biomedical engineering at Ohio State University, became interested in engineering education when starting as a graduate teaching associate (GTA) for the Engineering Education Department at Ohio State University. She has had the opportunity to teach the Fundamentals in Engineering laboratory component for the standard courses as well as served as a lead GTA for this department for two years. She is currently a lead GTA in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where she helped pilot the electronic lab notebooks in junior level labs.

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Tanya M. Nocera Ph.D. The Ohio State University

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Tanya M. Nocera, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is focused on developing, teaching and assessing upper-level Biomedical Engineering laboratory courses, with particular interest in improving student technical communication skills.

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This work in progress is aimed at evaluating undergraduate student educational experiences while using an electronic laboratory notebook, as compared to the more traditional paper-based notebook. Participants in this study were upper-level biomedical engineering students enrolled in laboratory courses over two semesters, the first of which paper-based lab notebooks were used and the second of which electronic lab notebooks (LabArchives) were introduced. It was observed by instructors and graduate teaching assistants that the electronic notebooks allowed students to record more thorough and complete documentation of their laboratory experiments compared to paper-based notebooks. It was also noted that documentation in the electronic notebooks increased students’ efforts in notebook keeping, and was overall less time-consuming for the student, thereby allowing more time for student-instructor and student-student interactions in the lab. Most students have indicated preference of the electronic lab notebook over the paper-based notebook. We anticipate student survey analyses will provide further evidence on how electronic lab notebooks impact the student educational laboratory experience.

Okon, M. D., & Nocera, T. M. (2017, June), Board # 13 :The Student Educational Experience with Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27729

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