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Wolfson International ISE

What research questions the project addresses, aims & themes

OpenScience Laboratory (OSL) at the Open University aims to develop an international virtual laboratory for innovative practical science teaching.  A key aspect of the ongoing development of the OSL is its applicability and usability to worldwide users (students and practitioners alike).

This sub-project on Interactive Screen Experiments (ISE) aims to work with student teachers and their lecturers in two universities in Turkey to evaluate ease of access, language and accessibility issues and pedagogical effects of three Interactive Screen Experiments from OSL resources.  

How the research questions are addressed by the project (methodology and activity/environment)

Students will be asked to use three Interactive Screen Experiments (ISEs) which are experiments where photo-realistic recordings of physical experiments are provided in the computer and the set up replicates the behaviours of real specimens. The experiments are:

  • Flame test
  • Electron beam
  • Titration

If they agree students will be recorded when they interact with the ISEs and they will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire and answer some questions related do their session. We will be evaluating the usability and effectiveness of the designed experiments.  

Findings and outputs

The project team is at the stage of initial analyses of data collected in April 2013.  

Project impact

The findings and outcomes of the project will be presented here when they are available. 


interactive, experiments, Science, laboratory, online 

People involved

Chris Barrett, Canan Blake, Paul Hatherly and Eileen Scanlon (The Open University)

Aysenur Togrol (Bogazici University)

Ali Eryilmaz and Ufuk Yildirim (Middle East Technical University - METU) 

Project partners and links

The Open University

Bogazici University

Middle East Technical University (METU)  


Wolfson Foundation 

Start Data and Duration

1 April 2013 - 31 July 2013 


Research & Innovation