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This case study describes the introduction of an online lesson in experimental engineering laboratory classes to facilitate the face-to-face discussion previous prior to the experimental activity.


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Contact Details

Dr Patricia Muñoz-Escalona




By developing an online lesson with the different aspects related to the topic under study, students were more pro-active during the face-to face discussion previous prior to the experiment.

I have chosen this initiative due to the weak interaction of students observed when only the slides of the topic were uploaded in Myplace for students to check.


Positive impact for students:

  • Students were more proactive during the face-to-face discussion. The online lesson is mandatory before attending the lab. Any doubts were solved during the discussion but also it allowed me as the lecturer to challenge the students with deeper questions about the topic.
  • Students start to get used to being quizzed in public and interact with academic staff and classmates without feeling frightened as the group is small (8 students)
  • 90% of the students felt that the information provided in the online lesson was clear and effective.

Lessons Learnt

This activity takes time to develop, however it is worth it. Different questions were incorporated in the different chapters of the lesson giving immediate feedback to the student regarding their understanding in the topic.

I need to incorporate captions to the videos to make the lesson inclusive to for all participants.