Recommendations for electronic laboratory notebooks in undergraduate engineering faculty: A student-led case study

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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  • School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Centre


Industry and academic research labs increasingly use Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN). In engineering education, the ELN affords new laboratory technologies and pedagogies requiring embedding rich data and supporting virtual labs. We present a student-led design of a prototype ELN based on Microsoft OneNote software for our undergraduate engineering programmes. The solution addresses the requirements for lab redesign aspirations around new laboratory pedagogies requiring entirely digital workflows. To enhance the solution's ecological validity, students themselves developed it while undertaking their existing undergraduate labs. The result is an ELN based on the digital notetaking software Microsoft OneNote. We make available a requirements and design tool that includes a set of 21 use cases, 102 requirements, and 32 failure modes. Staff and student feedback is reported. The work will assist engineering and science faculty looking to introduce an ELN solution into their curricula.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationSEFI 2017 Proceedings
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2017
Event45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017 - Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017


Conference45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017
CityAngra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores


  • Educational technologies, Electronic laboratory notebook, Microsoft OneNote, User acceptance

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