Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Laboratory Course Pedagogy

This FLC is dedicated to the specialized pedagogy related to laboratory courses.  The overarching purpose of this FLC is to explore and examine the current research and thinking of the pedagogy of laboratory experiences with a view to incorporating some of the strategies into the courses taught by the members.

Purpose: Specifically, the group will investigate topics such as 1) how to find and implement ideas for new experiments, 2) methods for developing students as independent learners in both laboratory work and experimental design, 3) issues for grading formal laboratory reports and laboratory notebooks, 4) design of semester long laboratory projects, 5) funding for laboratory reagents and equipment, 6) appropriate computer based activities, 7) cross disciplinary/multi course listed collaborative labs, and any other topic that the group deems relevant.

Meeting Times:

Fall Semester: Wednesdays 5-6:30 PM (Sept. 4th, Sept. 25th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 6th, Nov. 27th, Dec. 18th)


Nathan Winter, Department of Chemistry and Physics


Sarah Smits-Bandstra, Communication Sciences and Disorders

John Sinko, Chemistry and Physics

Chris Jazwinski, Psychology

Mark Minger, Biology