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Task Books as an Assessment Tool for Demonstrating Basic Lab Skills in a Microbiology Course

    Author: Jeff Dykes1
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    Affiliations: 1: Science Department, Wenatchee Valley College, Omak, WA 98841
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    • Published 03 May 2012
    • Supplementary materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • Author’s mailing: Science Department, Wenatchee Valley College, P.O. Box 2058, Omak, WA 98841. Phone: 509- 422-7876. Fax: 509-422-7801 E-mail: jdykes@wvc.edu.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 57-58. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.350
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    Abstract:

    The demonstration of basic laboratory skills is a valued student-learning outcome in the microbiology laboratory classroom. Typically, students can be accessed via a lab practical where, in a testing situation, they are asked to demonstrate their newly learned skills. However, with this approach, students are usually given one opportunity to show proficiency. If they fail a technique, they do not have the chance to improve their performance. Another solution is needed to verify proficiency in basic lab skills. I have encountered positive results with the use of a proficiency task book created for the microbiology lab.

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Abstract:

The demonstration of basic laboratory skills is a valued student-learning outcome in the microbiology laboratory classroom. Typically, students can be accessed via a lab practical where, in a testing situation, they are asked to demonstrate their newly learned skills. However, with this approach, students are usually given one opportunity to show proficiency. If they fail a technique, they do not have the chance to improve their performance. Another solution is needed to verify proficiency in basic lab skills. I have encountered positive results with the use of a proficiency task book created for the microbiology lab.

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A page from the Lab Proficiency Task Book.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 57-58. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.350
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The microscope task. Student must receive five instructor initials before the task can be signed off as complete.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 57-58. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.350
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