* Dynamic Laboratory Techniques Manuals for Physics and Biological Sciences News and Updates



The DLTM project final report was accepted by the HEA - 22/01/14

Representatives from UK HEI Physics or Biological Sciences departments who have not yet gained access to these resources should contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk

A link to the final report can be found here.



Physics DLTM Launch - 12/06/13

Academics from 8 HEIs in Wales, Scotland and England attended the launch of the Physics DLTM held at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.  All UK Physics departments were invited to attend.


Launch date for Physics DLTM - 01/02/13

The date for the launch of the Physics Dynamic Laboratory Techniques Manual (DLTM) has been set for Wednesday 12 June 2013. The launch will take place in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.
For further information please contact project administrator Dr Fai Tila. fai.tila@bristol.ac.uk.

A letter of invitation can be found here.


Biological Sciences DLTM launched - 09/01/13

Delegates from from eight Higher Education Institutions met at Bristol ChemLabS for the launch of the Biological Sciences Dynamic Laboratory Techniques Manual. Building on the success of the Bristol ChemLabS Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) and A-Level LabSkills, this project has put together a panel of science experts from across the UK to produce a list of core practical techniques that are needed in Biological Sciences in the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. The DLTM is constructed using the DLM format developed by Bristol ChemLabS and will be freely available to all UK institutes to support practical teaching in these subjects.

There will be a second launch day at Manchester University on 16th January for more details please contact chem‐dltm@bristol.ac.uk

More details of the project can be found here.





More information on the Biology DLTM can be found here


Invitaions to the launch presentations have been sent out via the Society of Biology and the Higher Education Academy to Heads of Biological Sciences.

A copy of the invitation letter can be found here.

To enquire about this launch please contact Dr Fai Tila (Conference Administrator) at chem-DLTM@bristol.ac.uk.


Launch Date for the Biology DLTM

The launch date for the Biology DLTM has been set as 09 January 2013. Representatives from all HEI biological science centres will be invited to the afternoon conference.

Congratulations to DLTM International Board Member

Dr Magda Wajrak, from Edith Cowan University, Perth has just received the 2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) of the Australian Government.

Biology DLTM beta testing

The Biology DLTM is now with academic and school colleagues for beta testing. The distribution of the software to all UK HEIs who wish to use it is expected to take place early in the new year.


After several months the Biology DLTM software is ready for beta testing. This version has been sent to colleagues on the International board, the universities of Gloucestershire, Manchester and Bristol. The secondary teacher advisory board will also be getting this version for the autumn term. All feedback to be received before the end of November to be considered for the final release version expected in January 2013.

The writing of the first items for the Physics DLTM texts and video scripts has been completed. These have been produced following on from the earlier consultations.


July 31: Association of American Physics Teacher Conference, Philadelphia, USA

Professors Ann and Carl Schmiedekamp (PSU) gave a presentation entitled 'What Should Students Know Before Using Physics Lab Equipment?' at an invited and contributed session on the role of laboratory experiments in the overall physics curriculum at the high school, college and university levels. This was given at a workshop for the Committee on International Physics Education and was held at Penn State University.

Ann Schmiedekamp is a member of the International Board for the DLTMs.


Abstract Submission for American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2012 Summer Meeting at Pennsylvania Philadelphia, July 28 - August 1, 2012

Session Name:  International Perspectives on Laboratory Instruction

Talk Abstract: Pre-lab instruction to insure good laboratory technique and proper usage of equipment  is a common practice.  Software to support pre-lab work was developed within Bristol ChemLabS, University of Bristol, UK has been in use for 5 years. The impact it has had has been recognized through a national award, distribution of a resource to all UK secondary schools by the Royal Society of Chemistry (in association with Pfizer) and the commercialization of elements through Foundation Chemistry LabSkills in use worldwide.   

The UK's Higher Education Academy is now funding a project to produce a software resource to support the transition between High School and first year undergraduate in the understanding of key practical skills in both physics and biology.  An international committee has identified key areas of pre-lab instruction in physics and seeks additional feedback. 

Presenting Author: Prof Ann Schmiedekamp of Penn State University, Abington
Contributing authors Prof Carl Schmiedekamp and Tim Harrison


Work has progressed on the Biology DLTM software. The key practical skills have been identified through liaison with academics from the Universities of Bristol and Gloucestershire with support from other institutes. The material constructed has been reviewed by a panel of experienced biology teachers and academics working in the area of Biological Sciences from the UK and from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. The beta version of the software is currently being prepared for testing.

Discussions with several Physics departments have taken place: e.g. Bristol, Durham, University of the Western Cape, with meetings scheduled with Warwick and Penn State University representatives during March 2012.

An initial meeting with Bristol's Earth Sciences Department to consider a DLTM for field work support has been held.

Members of the International Advisory Board have met to review progress and to provide guidance for further improvements to the Biology DLTM