Development of Virtual Labs on Frontiers in Biochemistry
Wing Ngor Shannon Au, Pang Chui Shaw, Wai Ling Wendy Lam, Wai Lam William Chan, Sau Shan Cheng, Chun Sing Chow, Cheuk Chee Cynthia Lam, Tin Chung Li, Hoi Sin Tong, Hiu Yuen Josiah Wong, Hoi Yin Wong, Nga Ting Wong and Sze Ming Wong
Research training is one of the key elements in biochemistry education. However, it is often a challenge to conduct laboratory classes due to the constraint of resources for large classes. This project aims to develop a micro-module to provide a channel for students to understand the principles and technical know-how behind various frontier topics in biochemistry. This project is a joint effort with 10 senior undergraduate biochemistry students grouped to work on a specific topic. Therefore, the design of the micro-module integrates their learning experience in both lecture and laboratory practical courses. Each micro-module consists of background introduction, timeline of major discoveries, virtual laboratory and a self-test. Through this elearning platform, we hope to enhance students’ ability in self-learning, especially on the logic of experimental design and analysis. In addition, in-class activities that stimulate students’ capacity in innovation and design, and their social awareness can be promoted.