#DryLabsDownUnder - 2021 edition

Many of us had to adapt our teaching due to social and physical distancing measures brought about because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be very hard to predict how the rest of the academic year will play out, therefore, planning for a variety of situations is advantageous. Will laboratories be allowed to happen? How will we keep students engaged with online teaching? How can we give students the best possible learning experience?

#DryLabsDownUnder is an ideas exchange forum that was inspired by colleagues from the UK. A team from University of Oxford started #DryLabs20 and Dino Spagnoli is hosting the Australian and New Zealand equivalent. Join us! 

Resources are being collected here.


Meeting 8 (first meeting for 2021)

Monday 20th September, 12pm AEST (10am AWST)

Title: Online labs: haptics out, macro, submicro, and symbolic in


Presenter: Assoc. Prof Elizabeth Yuriev, Monash University

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/drylabsdownunder-meeting-8-tickets-168892418771


Meeting 7: Friday 4th December at 1pm (AEDT) (10am AWST) 

Title: Using technology to teach online real practicals (applied to HPLC) - Dr Laurence Orlando (Monash University)

Recording: https://youtu.be/5obupJ1h60s


Meeting 6:  Friday 6th November

  • Learning Design for Effective and Engaging Laboratory Teaching - Dr Joanne Castelli (UWA)
  • 360° Lab Tours for Orientation, Learning and Safety - Mr Callan Rose and Dr Kate Shearston (UWA)

The YouTube link to the recording is here: https://youtu.be/bOnY-J51tDY


Meeting 5: September 24th:  Demonstrating in a pandemic: virtual practicals, at-home chemistry, and lab classes in stage 3 restrictions.

Presenters: Mikayla Milanovic and Elley Rudebeck (Deakin University postgraduate students), and two undergraduate students who have been studying and learning in this virtual world.

Recording: https://youtu.be/Lg6ksfxSJ8I


Meeting 4: August 28th: An interesting approach to performing laboratories at home. "Your prac is in the mail: posted, hands-on experimentation and practical kits in First-Year physics, chemistry and biology" from Daniel Pyke, School of Physics, Lisa Godinho, School of BioSciences and Mick Moylan, School of Chemistry (University of Melbourne).

Link to the recording: https://youtu.be/PolPn2JIrq0


Our third meeting was held on August 4 and the recording can be found here: https://youtu.be/D7DTDbtqdVc

  • Sylvia Urban (RMIT) - An agile approach to online chemistry laboratories
  • Vicky Barnett (Curtin University) - Online approaches to chemistry laboratories, where your colleagues "don't get labs"!


Meeting 2 (Tuesday 14thJuly) recording can be found here:https://youtu.be/ndQIW5uhmZ4

Speakers were:

  • Ian Jamie (Macquarie University) - PhysChem by video and Zoom = LABOOM! - slides available here
  • Laurence Orlando (Monash University) - HPLC virtual lab


Our first meeting was on Thursday 25th June. Discussions were led by:

  • Madeleine Schultz and Damien Callahan (Deakin University)
  • Magda Wajrak (Edith Cowan University)
  • Erica Smith (University of New England)
  • Gwen Lawrie (University of Queensland)

The session recording can be found here: https://youtu.be/1n01-8iOlhk