Using the Virtual Parkinson's Lab
"Tips for Teachers"

1. The teacher must have completed the lab in advance and have a clear plan as to how to implement it.

Some of our computer modules are "teacher proof." It doesn't matter what the teacher does, the online content is short, sweet, simple and needs no contribution from the teacher. We have tried to make the Parkinson's Lab as "fool-proof" as we can. It is a very ambitious lab, however, and it requires that the teacher has mastered all elements of the lab in advance to help the students if they get stuck somewhere. Also, you need a clear plan as to whether you will let each student go through the entire lab at their own pace or whether you will have the whole class stop at some designated point at the end of a particular day so that everyone starts at the same point the following day. Some techers do it one way; some the other.

2. The lab will take at least 2-3 class periods . . probably 3. On days 2 and 3 you will need to use the "Skip Menu".

On Day 1, all the students can just start at the beginning of the lab. But on Day 2, you don't them to have to re-do everything they have already done. That means everyone must use the “Skip” menu to jump ahead to (roughly) where they left off the previous day. [You will want to have students make a note of where they did leave off, so the return to the correct place.]

Instructions for bringing up the “skip menu”: While holding down the “shift” key, press the “ctrl” key.  If you ever forget how to do this, reload the lab (by hitting the reload button on your browser) and you will see the instructions for the Skip menu at the bottom of the opening screen.

The skip menu does not allow you to skip into the middle of the tutorials .. only to the beginning.  But that does NOT mean that anyone needs to repeat Tutorial 1 or 2 if they have already done them.  If they finished Tutorial 1 on day one, then on Day 2 then they will Skip to the “Introduction Tutorial” link on the skip menu and they will do tutorials 2-5.  Just have them show you that there is a green check mark next to tutorials 2-5, then let them go to the Skip Menu again (shift + ctrl) and this time they will click on the next item in the lab: “Station 1 (Surgery Dressing)”.

3. Part 3 of the lab (after the surgery activity is complete): Post Lab Analysis

After students have completed the first part of the lab (the 5 Introductory Tutorials) and the second part of the lab (all surgery activities) they come to the third part of the lab (lab results and explanation of the "passive stabilization theory"). We have found that some discussion of what the students will encounter in part three (prior to their actually doing the activities), helps to insure that the students recognize the significance of what they are learning.