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Managing Remote Labs

Laboratory experiences in higher education cover a wide range of configurations, intended outcomes, and locations. This page is intended to direct you to ideas and resources you can use to plan your lab experience

Guiding Principle: Focus on the End Goal(s)

In a remote teaching environment, or with reduced access to laboratory space, certain activities may not be as doable as they would be in a face-to-face setting. However, there may be ways to adjust the activity to reach the same general outcomes, or slightly revised but equally important outcomes.

Example:

One USU teacher identified 3 main learning objectives for her labs: practicing the process of science from start to finish, communicating science through writing, and collaborating in the science process. Upon going remote, she recognized that the first two outcomes were achievable through modifications to her activities, and the third outcome could be modified to instead focus on research ethics.

Strategy:

  1. List the outcomes you seek to achieve in your labs.
  2. List additional outcomes your labs could achieve
  3. If necessary, rank your outcomes by importance.
  4. List a variety of experiences a student can have to acheive those outcomes.
  5. Select the outcomes you will focus on and the experiences that are doable in the remote or limited access setting.
  6. Refer to the links below, which provide various tactics and resources for making more experiences possible in a remote or limited access environment.
  7. Get help from an instructional designer as needed.

Resources and articles for remote labs

  1. From ASU: Remote Lab Strategies
  2. From Dartmouth: Remote Lab Activities and Experiences
  3. From University of Cincinnatti: Links to online lab resources
  4. From the Chronicle of Higher Education: How to quickly (and safely) move labs online

Get More Help

Beyond web tutorials and practice, you have additional supports as you learn Zoom: