October 2015|

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class

Michael Bodekaer
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Help Labster inspire teachers and students worldwide to use immersive 3D virtual worlds and laboratories to learn life sciences.

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Michael Bodekaer
Michael Bodekaer
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Michael Bodekaer is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building innovative technology companies that have the potential to change the world.
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Bonde et al. | Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 32, 2014 | Article

Improving Biotech Education Through Gamified Laboratory Simulations

In this research article published in Nature Biotechnology, the learning and motivation impact of laboratory simulations is investigated and shows very promising potential for these innovative teaching methods.
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Simulations Based Virtual Learning Environment in Medical Genetics Counseling: An Example of Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Medical Education

A study on simulation based learning environments for medical education, showing increased motivation and learning. Interestingly, the students who initially had the most difficulty improved the most in both learning and self-efficacy (students confidence in their abilities), which indicates that using gamification and simulations can also help schools with a high number of underprivileged students.
de Jong et al. | SCIENCE, Vol 340, April 2013 | Article

Physical and Virtual Laboratories in Science and Engineering Education

A thorough review of a selection of literature that investigate the value of physical and virtual labs. The overall conclusion is that virtual labs can strengthen science learning, especially in combination with physical labs.
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Jack Andraka: A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager

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Glass et al. | PLOS ONE, 2013 | Article

Real-Time Strategy Game Training: Emergence of a Cognitive Flexibility Trait

This is an interesting scientific article showing how playing my favourite video games (Starcraft) can lead to increased cognitive flexibility and ability to process complex information.