Instructor Guidelines and Manuals
After 17 years' experimenting with the SEED labs, we have not only
matured the design of these labs, we have also matured the
process of helping others (instructors and students) use these SEED labs.
We hope more and more instructors and students can benefit from
the SEED project.
We have committed to help those who would like to or are planning to
adopt our labs in their classes. To fulfill our commitment,
we plan to provide the following supports:
- Instructor Manual. For most of the labs, we have a lab manual
that are only for instructors. These manuals come from
students' reports; they describe in details how each of the tasks in the labs
are carried out. The manuals can help instructors prepare their
To prevent these manuals from falling
into students' hands, the instructor manuals will only be provided
to instructors, and only hardcopy will be provided.
To get a copy of the manuals, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with your physical mail address, and we
will send a hardcopy of the manuals to you.
Please also provide
some evidence to show that you are an instructor (e.g., you department's
official web page that lists your name, etc.).
Until summer 2019, our grant has been covering the
printing and mailing cost of the manual. Since summer 2019, our grant has run out, so
we expect the recipient to cover these costs (the printing cost is $7, while the mailing
cost within the US is about $5; international mailing costs vary, but they are typically
from $10 to $15). The payment is through paypal (you can use your credit cards, and
no paypal account is required).
- RA Support. Our budget allows us to hire a Research Assistant
to help you prepare your labs. If you have any question while preparing
the labs, feel free to send an email to email@example.com. We will
answer your questions in a timely fashion.
If you have a TA who can help you prepare the labs, our RA can work with
your TA to ensure that your TA know how to carry out the tasks in
the labs. This has been working quite well in the past. We cannot afford
to provide helps to your students, so please do not ask us to
serve on that role. We only interact with instructors and their
TAs, not the students in their classes.
- Feedbacks. To help us improve the labs, we really appreciate
the feedbacks from you. In particular, we would like to know how you
think about these labs, how students think about the labs,
what problems you or your students have encountered while working on the labs,
where do you think we can improve, and so on. Feedbacks do not need
to be formal; they can be your impression or the words
Over the last few years, we have worked with a number of instructors who
adopted our labs in their classes. Based on the experience, we
have summarized a list of guidelines to help you decide whether
to adopt our labs or not, how to adopt our labs, what labs to
Lab Environment Setup
Although each SEED lab is called a "lab", none of our SEED labs
needs a physical lab space for any of the lab exercises.
Students can work on the labs using their personal computers.
Details of the setup can be found from
lab envrionment setup page.