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Online remote experiments in chemistry - analysis of delivery, assessment, tracking and student perception

Project leader(s): 
Nicholas Power, Simon Collinson, Eleanor Crabb and Rob Janes
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Archived

The project aims to determine the effect/influence of online remote access experiments on OU student’s sense of achievement, confidence, performance, engagement, relatedness to real science.

The laboratory component for many in a science program would be considered an essential experience. Unfortunately, only a few can avail of this experiential learning through our voluntary participation residential schools at the OU, whilst the majority lose out, and given that experiential learning is considered especially essential to learning in science. However, an alternative experiential learning is provided for at the OU through online remote access laboratory experiments, but how effective is this? Two modules, S215 and S315 at level 2 and level 3 respectively deliver online virtual experiments and online remote access experiments, which are used on their respective module TMAs. There is raw data available from these experiments related to student engagement and performance in TMAs that needs to be analysed to understand their experience. However, we have yet to gather information on their perceptions for their pre and post online experience for these experiments. We want to compare this with the students’ residential school experience.

On the basis of gathering this data can we better design future and existing online experiments for improved student outcomes?