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The role of the Virtual Microscope in distance learning

Whalley, Peter; Kelley, Simon and Tindle, Andrew (2011). The role of the Virtual Microscope in distance learning. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 26(2) pp. 127–134.

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Screen-based microscopes allow for a shared visualisation and task-directed conversations that offer significant pedagogic advantages for the science disciplines involving observation of natural samples such as the geosciences and biosciences, and particularly for distance education in these disciplines. The role and development of a virtual microscope used in the undergraduate teaching of geoscience at the Open University is discussed and then related to current developments in the collaborative web-based technologies and mobile computing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Open University
ISSN: 1469-9958
Keywords: virtual microscope, geoscience, distance learning, collaborative learning, mobile learning
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 25372
Depositing User: Peter Whalley
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 08:23
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 12:30
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