The Microbiology Lab Basics guide is an excellent interactive tutorial for students who are new to the lab as well as a resource for review. This tutorial provides basic instruction on laboratory safety, microbiological skills and laboratory equipment using text, photos, simulations, and videos. This site contains brief quizzes over all the critical areas of working in a laboratory (GLP, PPE, clean up, emergency procedures). Registration is not required but is an option if instructors would like for students and the instructor to track quizzes and receive updates about the site.
The primary learning goals are for students to learn how to safely work in a lab, use laboratory equipment appropriately, and develop standard laboratory skills.
Target Student Population:
The primary target population is High School and College General Ed students that will be working in a lab for the first time as well as more advanced student who need to review laboratory procedures.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There are no prerequisites for this site.
Type of Material:
Tutorial with interactive simulations
The safety component of the tutorial should be completed before the students begin working in the laboratory. Other components are to be used when introducing various lab skills or equipment.
HTML and Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the exercises, certain files, and images. Adobe Flash Player to view the videos.
Evaluation and Observation
You Tube videos that illustrate laboratory techniques are excellent
Images associated with the tutorials are good quality
Examples of good and poor plate streaking
Information associated with laboratory exercises is excellent
The enumerating microorganisms simulation is a great tool for students to practice dilution and plate count problems
Quizzes over the materials are very good
None at the time of the review
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Promotes deeper understanding and builds knowledge of the laboratory techniques and equipment
The quizzes and simulations makes it very possible to make assignments
Have a microbiology lab class refer back to this website constantly to see how to do experiments as well as take quizzes to see if they retained knowledge of the material. Shows videos of how to do the procedures so student could look at the site before they performed the experiments.
Lacks learning objectives for the tutorials
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The material is easy to navigate
The images for the growth on the plates for the viable plate count simulation were not clear
Other Issues and Comments:
Wish it had the gram stain, Malachite green and endospore staining direction as well