Redesigning and teaching veterinary microbiology laboratory exercises with combined on-site and online participation during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Koort , J & Avall-Jaaskelainen , S 2021 , ' Redesigning and teaching veterinary microbiology laboratory exercises with combined on-site and online participation during the COVID-19 pandemic ' , FEMS Microbiology Letters , vol. 368 , no. 16 , fnab108 . https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnab108

Title: Redesigning and teaching veterinary microbiology laboratory exercises with combined on-site and online participation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Author: Koort, Joanna; Avall-Jaaskelainen, Silja
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Veterinary Microbiology and Epidemiology
University of Helsinki, Veterinary Biosciences

Date: 2021-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: FEMS Microbiology Letters
ISSN: 0378-1097
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnab108
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334659
Abstract: The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has forced universities to find new ways to conduct learning and teaching, as traditional face-to-face teaching has been prevented or restricted to an absolute minimum in many instances. Therefore, we redesigned and taught second-year veterinary student microbiology laboratory exercises (labs) with a hybrid learning approach. For this, a novel 'remote partner' model was implemented in which students present on-site in the laboratory worked synchronously pairwise with their remote partner present online. A student feedback survey revealed that in this remote partner model, both on-site and online participation in the labs were experienced as being useful in improving their laboratory skills. The students' overall performance in hands-on microbiological laboratory skills and safe working practices was similar in the hybrid learning approach (the 2021 class) and in the traditional on-site participation approach (the 2018-20 classes). This study suggests that the remote partner model is an effective way to acquire microbiological laboratory skills. This learning approach can be used in the non-pandemic future and/or also be applied to other fields.Microbiological laboratory skills can be developed using a hybrid model combining synchronous on-site and online learning for students working in pairs.
Subject: microbiology
laboratory teaching
online participation
on-site participation
COVID-19
remote partner
11832 Microbiology and virology
413 Veterinary science
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