Have you ever wondered how scientists separate the various components of a biological cell? It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack! So, that's where gel electrophoresis comes in, one of the most exciting and widely used techniques in Clinical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology laboratories.
Whether there are high school students or undergraduates, the first time your students load their self-casted gel is a moment to cherish. As much as they are thrilled to see the macromolecules separating before their eyes, they are equally unnerved by the scientific concepts, details, and terminologies.
Hence, as an educator, it becomes our duty to help our students overcome these fears and become comfortable with the underlying principles of gel electrophoresis. We list 5 creative ways that can help turn the tables in your next session.
Modern-day educators can make more insightful points by utilizing interactive models and simulations as they render students with better visualization options. By utilizing the 3D simulatory experience, such as the one offered by Labster, your students can gain a better understanding of the significance of different components within the gel electrophoresis unit.
Studies have reported that abstract ideas like the direction of macromolecule movement, separation of macromolecules based on their molecular masses, etc which are otherwise difficult to follow can be made clearer with interactive model-based teaching.
To overcome the daunting intricacies of the technique, the power of games and classroom activities can be exploited. These tools can be used to break down complex concepts into bite-sized informational pieces and present them in an interesting-cum-interactive format to students.
A gel electrophoresis jeopardy game can be an engaging way for students to review and reinforce their understanding of the technique. The interactive Gel Electrophoresis Simulation by Labster includes similar activities to provide an immersive experience to students.
In today's digital age, technology is revolutionizing the way we teach and learn, and this is especially true when it comes to a complex topic like gel electrophoresis. Infusing technology into study plans can make gel electrophoresis more objective and interesting for students as:
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Linking a scientific technique to its importance in the academic and industrial sectors makes it lucrative for students to master. By making them realize how HRs seek a basic skill set from a Biology researcher, you can pique their interest in gel electrophoresis.
You can also make your students imagine being at the forefront of medical research and discovering new cures for diseases. To create such an impetus in the medicine field, what’s needed of a scientist is the power to think and a basic well-equipped skill set of which gel electrophoresis is an essential part.
Gel electrophoresis has a wide range of real-world applications that make it an essential technique to learn for anyone interested in science and healthcare. Here listed are a few important ones:
Labster has developed an immersive simulation that uses a crime scene scenario to teach students how to use DNA fingerprinting and gel electrophoresis to identify individuals.
While students may be tech-savvy, educators need to adapt and incorporate technology in their teaching strategies to effectively engage and educate students on complex topics such as gel electrophoresis. The use of simulations, gamification, and interactive visual aids can make learning more fun and easier to comprehend for students.
It's important for educators to not only understand the technology themselves but also be willing to experiment and try new teaching methods to enhance the learning experience for students. As a small step but with a larger goal, Labster strives to design informative simulations like the one here that duly follow research-informed practices.
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