Robinson, David J. and Swithenby, Stephen J.
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A longstanding challenge for distance educators has been to provide a meaningful experience of science experiments. The difficulty is not only a matter of accessing equipment but also of framing the valuable social and collaborative experience that students enjoy in conventional laboratory settings. In this paper we describe the development of a module that allows individual students working at a distance to collaborate in groups, carry out simple but significant scientific experiments and acquire transferrable and professional experimental skills. Developing suitable experiments appropriate in a global distance learning environment is very different from devising a laboratory-based experiment. We report the results of a pilot with a small group of students, tested against the criteria for successful on-line collaborative experiments we have set for the new module.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||Eastern Mediterranean University Press|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Science > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
|Depositing User:||David Robinson|
|Date Deposited:||04 Feb 2011 10:34|
|Last Modified:||14 Nov 2012 12:21|
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