The Open UniversitySkip to content

Remote experiments, re-versioning and re-thinking science learning

Scanlon, Eileen; Colwell, Chetz; Cooper, Martyn and Di Paolo, Terry (2004). Remote experiments, re-versioning and re-thinking science learning. Computers & Education, 43(1-2) pp. 153–163.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Science and engineering students’ involvement in practical work contributes to the development of their understanding of the concepts and processes of science. The Practical Experimentation by Accessible Remote Learning (PEARL) project aimed to develop a system to enable students to conduct real-world experiments at a distance using a computer. We explored methods of extending the flexibility of laboratory teaching in terms of time and location, and of meeting the requirements of students with special needs. This involved the development of remote experiments at four Universities. This paper uses one of the four experiments, spectroscopy for introductory science in a distance learning setting, to illustrate the process of developing remote experiments. We describe the evaluation work leading to refinement of the design, and an assessment of the learning experience for students. This paper presents the findings of the validation phases of the project which have established the feasibility of the remote experiment approach.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0360-1315
Keywords: Co-operative/collaborative learning; Distance education and telelearning; Evaluation of CAL systems
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Other Departments > Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)
Other Departments
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 407
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 May 2006
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 13:33
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU