Boost student engagement and track resource usage with LabSim Assessments

Yasmin Wong
July 6, 2022

Providing additional resources for your students can enhance their learning and boost their confidence. But how can you be sure they are being used?

It’s fantastic to have pedagogically sound, accessible tools that you can share with students, but you need to be able to ensure they are being engaged with and being used at the right time.

Track student engagement with LabSim Assessments

LabSims have been proven to increase student preparedness and confidence in the labs, and are highly rated by students. Many educators use these resources as revision tools or optional pre-lab exercises for students who want to know more before they enter a lab. 

The best part? You can track your students’ engagement with them by setting up LabSim Assessments, allowing you to:

  • Gain learning analytics about usage.
  • Group together related content into single activities.

In this guide we’ll explore:

  • What are LabSim Assessments?
  • Benefits of using LabSim Assessments
  • How to set up your own LabSim Assessments

What are LabSim Assessments?

LabSim Assessments are a simple, fast, effective way to track student engagement and completion rates of LabSim activities on your course. As part of your LearnSci library subscription, you can group together multiple LabSims for an assignment, and track which students complete it, and which students don't.

For every LabSim Assessment, you can choose how many LabSims to include, what topics to cover, and the grade weighting for completing each LabSim and the overall assignment.

What are the benefits of using LabSim Assessments?

📈 Track student completion

The main benefit of LabSim Assessments is that it allows you to track which students are completing activities. This can be particularly useful for pre-sessional activities in which you want to ensure students are prepared and ready for practical sessions. 

By understanding which students have completed the assigned pre-lab quiz,
you will have a better idea of which students may need additional help or support.

💡 Boost student engagement

By being graded, LabSim Assessments can generate higher engagement from students. With an attached grade, students will be more likely to complete activities than those that are optional. This can help students understand the importance of the task they are doing and how it relates to the skills they are learning in face-to-face sessions.

✅ Save time with gradebook sync

LabSim Assessment grades can be sent directly to the grade centre on your VLE/LMS, as well as being viewed on our platform. This means you can access student usage data wherever is most convenient and accessible.

➕ Combine with Smart Worksheets

LabSim Assessments also allows you to combine LabSims with Smart Worksheets to give a complete overview of a subject. This offers an alternative assessment method, scaffolding the learning using the LabSims and ending with an in-depth assessment using the Smart Worksheets.

A graphic showing 9 LabSims. Topics in LabSims show include electrocradiography, physiology, action potential, flow cytometry and PCR.

How do I set up LabSim Assessments?

  1. Choose your LabSims

Determine which LabSims you want to include in your assignment, and how many you want to use. There’s no limit to the number that can be included in each assignment. We recommend between 3-6 LabSims for best engagement.

  1. Submit a LabSim Assessment Request form

Once you have chosen the resources you want to include, you can complete a request form with all the details of your assignment. This can be found on your resources homepage. We will then provide you with a unique LTI URL.

  1. Embed to your learning platform

You can then embed the LTI URL into your virtual learning platform/learning management system. These steps may be different depending on whether you use Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, Brightspace or another platform.

For full support for setting up LabSim Assessments, get in touch with our dedicated support team at or visit the helpdesk.

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