Labster Experience of Pirjo Spuul
by Maria Homann
Pirjo Spuul, Senior Researcher, has taught bachelor students at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia since 2016. She introduced Labster simulations as a pilot project to teach biosafety and subsequently organized a non-compulsory course consisting entirely of Labster simulations.
The idea of the new course was to give the students the chance to practice what they had learned in previous courses, to build up their existing knowledge, and to better prepare them for the practical component in their third year, where all students are required to work in a real lab.
So far, Dr. Spuul’s experience with using virtual labs in her course has been overwhelmingly positive: “Of course I would recommend Labster to others. There aren’t other universities using Labster in Estonia yet, but I really hope that it spreads because I think it’s very useful. It’s a great way to understand the concept of biological processes and different laboratory methods as well as to prepare for entering the lab, and for working in general.”
Read on to learn why Dr. Spuul recommends Labster as a learning tool, and how she has been able to motivate her students, help them better understand key concepts, close knowledge gaps, and inspire them for their future careers on Labster blog.