Educational Technology

December 12, 2013

‘iLabs’ offer a new way to add science experiments to online education

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by Bjorn Carey, Stanford

The virtual labs are Hesselink’s latest effort to bring advanced laboratories to the masses online, an approach he pioneered in 1996. That first version included several then-new features, such as remote control and scheduling of the lab, chat, faculty support and an electronic notebook. The most recent “lab in a box” generation of iLabs involved automated hardware that students could access through the Internet and control remotely from anywhere in the world. The labs took up only a few cubic feet of space, which significantly lowered operating costs compared to traditional setups.

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