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Digital Laboratory Framework via Canvas for LIFE courses at Colorado State University

Author(s): Tanya Dewey1, Craig Marshall2, Kim Hoke2, Meena Balgopal2

1. Colorado State University and the Animal Diversity Web (animaldiversity.org) 2. Colorado State University

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The Life Lab Revisions team has piloted a Canvas-based approach to building scientific competencies in labs.

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Version 1.0 - published on 28 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/FK9V-P927 - cite this

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The two semester "LIFE" courses at Colorado State University enroll nearly 3,000 students each year in a traditional Introductory Biology sequence accompanied by a laboratory. The Life Lab Revisions team has piloted a Canvas-based approach to building scientific competencies in labs, including writing and reading to learn prompts and multiple opportunities to read and analyze scientific papers, develop hypotheses and predictions, design experiments that address research questions, generate data sheets for data collection, enhance quantitative skills through data analysis, generate figures/tables of their results, interpret their results, and gain practice communicating their findings both in writing and orally. We have developed a Canvas template for delivering flexible lab content that allows us to take advantage of embedded rubrics and Canvas analytics to nimbly evaluate student learning outcomes, revise and refine activities, and respond to emergent societally relevant issues, such as COVID-19.

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    Suann Yang @ on

    I have the same questions as Sam! I'm very interested in how you are leveraging Canvas to accomplish all of your goals. Is your template published to the Canvas Commons?

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    Sam S Donovan @ on

    I'm really intrigued by your poster and I would like to learn more. Do you have a web site? Are you willing to share examples of your instructional materials?

    I would also be interested to hear how long this took to put together. Were you able to do most of it with OER?

    Thanks,

    -sam

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