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CITE Seminar: A demonstration of the virtual environment for learning experimental procedures in a laboratory – the SWIFT lab

Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 6.28.26 PMYou are cordially invited to attend the following seminar jointly organized by the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) and the Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education (IMHSE):

Mr Brant Knutzen Learning Designer Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

About the seminar
This seminar will present the current state of the technology for virtual simulations of an experimental laboratory. The primary demonstration will be the SWIFT virtual laboratory ( and the simulated lab bench setups, developed and hosted by the University of Leicester in the UK. Previously these lab benches were set up to host virtual experiments testing for blood samples for Sickle Cell Anemia, Huntington’s Chorea, and other genetic disorders.

The equipment on the benches are virtual representations of PCR thermocyclers, UV transilluminators, protein gel tanks, dye gels, power packs, and a desktop computer. Students are presented with a series of multiple choices testing their ability to recognize the equipment, follow the lab procedures to correctly analyze the blood samples, analyze the DNA testing results, and make the correct diagnosis.

Students are also expected to learn safety procedures such as when to wash their hands, put on a lab coat, wear nitrile gloves, dispose of contaminated waste, use the autoclavable disposal bag holder, etc.

Recently the SWIFT lab has begun setting up a new experiment using Restriction Fragment Analysis and a water bath machine, which includes a 3D animation to graphically show the RFA process.

This seminar is designed to help HKU teaching staff and administrators develop awareness of recent developments in virtual simulation technology at other universities around the world.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Venue: Telemedicine Centre (MTC), 2/F William MW Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam

Please make your reservation via–-the-swift-lab

For inquiries, please contact Ms Michelle Pun 2819-9841.