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Pre-assignments to enhance students' learning in laboratory


About the course

Welcome to the microMOOC course "Pre-assignments to Enhance Students' Learning in Laboratory." This course is designed for educators and facilitators who aim to enrich the laboratory learning experience for their students through effective pre-assignment strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have developed a comprehensive understanding and practical skills in the following areas:

  1. Understanding Laboratory Pre-assignments: You will be able to identify and describe the key features and tools utilized in pre-assignments for laboratory work.
  2. Designing Effective Pre-assignments: Armed with the knowledge of pre-assignment features, you will learn how to design and implement these pre-assignments to maximize student engagement and learning in laboratory settings.

Course Syllabus

  • General Course Information: An overview of the course structure, materials, and expected commitment.
  • Aims of Laboratory Work: Exploration of the educational objectives and learning outcomes associated with laboratory work.
  • Pre-assignments in Laboratory Courses: An in-depth look at various types of pre-assignments, their purpose, and implementation strategies.
  • Final Project for the Course: Application of learned skills through the development of a comprehensive pre-assignment plan for a laboratory course.
  • Reflection and Feedback: Opportunities for self-assessment and peer feedback to refine your pre-assignments and teaching approach.

Learning Activities

This course is interactive and hands-on, involving several key activities:

  1. Theoretical Background Evaluation: Assess and expand your understanding of the theoretical aspects underpinning laboratory work and pre-assignments.
  2. Multiple-Choice Question Creation: Develop and share at least one multiple-choice question covering the aims of laboratory work and pre-assignments.
  3. Pre-assignment Preparation: Create a sample laboratory work pre-assignment, showcasing your ability to apply course concepts in a practical setting.

Join us in this transformative journey to enhance the laboratory learning experience for your students through well-designed pre-assignments. We look forward to your active participation and the unique insights you will bring to our learning community.


#Laboratory Education; #Pre-assignment Design; #Student Engagement; #Educational Strategies; #Interactive Learning


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Course Staff

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Matti Niemelä

Experienced and motivated chemist and chemistry teacher with over 15 years of lab work/course and lecturing experience. Highly skilled in the planning and implementation of lessons and lab work, e-learning and curriculum.