Virtual and Remote Labs

Virtual and Remote Labs

With the increased cost of lab supplies, potential dangers, space constraints, and geographical barriers, virtual and remote labs are becoming more popular with science educators. Virtual labs typically mimic an actual lab experience, feeding participants data and allowing for minimal interaction. Simulations often allow students control over what is being done in the experiment. Both types can be done in an online environment. Some online lab websites were reviewed by OLTD students and are summarized in this wiki:

Virtual Labs Review

 

Here are some other links to explore:

Are Virtual Labs as Good as Hands-on?

Investigating the Effectiveness of Virtual Laboratories in an Undergraduate Biology Course

Virtual laboratory offering alternative to traditional school science labs (video)

Examining Teachers Practical Experiences with Virtual Labs in High School Science: A Narrative Study

Teaching Science the Virtual Way (Charlene’s blog)

All About Virtual Labs – Summary Blog Post (Stephanie’s blog)

Virtual vs Physical Labs (Lisa’s blog)

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