Interactive techniques for classroom experiments and rehearsals may upgrade your university
Microscopy is an essential part of the life and earth sciences at universities. Students use microscopes to gain deeper insight into preparing and examining human, animal or plant cells. For this, they need various microscopy techniques and software for image acquisition and documentation in their lectures. And this is where the Digital Classroom comes into play: connected ZEISS microscopes, the ZEISS imaging software Labscope and digital equipment such as tablets enable an interactive approach to learning and create a motivating and engaging atmosphere for students. They are also inspired by the possibility of working with the tools they use in their everyday lives at university.
Dynamic learning and teaching
Teachers can walk through the classroom and give real-time feedback while students can share what they are looking at with their classmates and explore their samples together. While the microscopic image is shared via WiFi or projected on a large screen, findings can be jointly discussed. Furthermore, teachers get the chance to point their students toward tiny structures and interesting details they might not yet have seen using the Pointer function in ZEISS Labscope.
Improving the quality of teaching
Dr. Mark Ramsdale, the Director of Education at the Department of Biosciences at the University of Exeter, UK tells about his experiences with the Digital Classroom and ZEISS microscopes: “The interactive classroom offers me and the university a chance of giving a good educational experience to our students, e.g. we can project an image the student is seeing onto a screen. That way everyone can see this microscopic image. On the other hand I can constantly see what the students are seeing on my tablet. This allows me to help them even more.”
Universities depend on student fees and funding – both being increasingly related to excellence in education, student’s choices and rankings. Offering information is not enough anymore – universities need to offer a vision how to engage, involve and reach students. “Both teaching and learning are much more fun in this environment. And when learning is fun, our students get better results and that’s what our university wants”, says Ramsey.
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