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Environmental Scan

Page history last edited by ron.evans@nic.bc.ca 8 years ago


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North American Network of Science Labs Online

Environmental Scan


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20 - January - 2012


NOTE - To add information to the Environmental Scan go to the Project Input Page.




The Environmental Scan identifies other remote science education labs in the US and Canada with an aim to:


  • identify initiatives doing similar work but in different science domains. One option for NANSLO network expansion is to bring on partners doing similar work outside of biology, chemistry and physics. Some initiatives may have additional capacity we could tap in to.
  • survey what hardware and software others are using for remote science education labs and compare it to what NANSLO is using. This allows us to assess the pros and cons of different solutions and potentially helps us pick applications we still need to choose such as scheduling software.
  • identify possible partners who may be interested in joining our network
  • identify possible partners who may be interested in joining forces with us to apply for follow-on funding (eg. Next Generation Learning Challenges, National Science Foundation, …)


Descriptive information for each remote lab science education project includes:

- Name

- Location(s)

- URL(s)

- Contacts

- Participating institution(s)

- Funding Source(s)

- Purpose

- Policies (Includes Transfer and articulation issue)

- Procedures

- Hardware

- Software

- Scheduling Solutions --> Scheduling Options for NANSLO

- Academic level

- Academic area

- Lab names

- Capacity (Identify whether they have extra capacity – can others join in use of lab?)

- Comments (about and from the project)


The environmental scan identifies equipment, scheduling software and developed policies/procedures that could be leveraged by the NANSLO consortium.


In the event that NANSLO expands its network beyond the original lab in British Columbia and second lab being established in Colorado as part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges project the labs listed in this environmental scan represent possible partners.


Once we are ready to call this scan complete, some attempt will be made to make observations about remote and web-based labs and to identify trends.


Note - This file became too large, so it has been split into several smaller pages. These are:

Environmental Scan - Projects Within the US and Canada

Environmental Scan - Papers and Publications

Environmental Scan - Projects Outside the US and Canada

Environmental Scan - Projects not using RWSL-like Model


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----------------------------------- END ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN ----------------------------------------------





Comments (2)

ron.evans@nic.bc.ca said

at 4:48 pm on Aug 4, 2011

Thanks Dan

Dan Branan said

at 6:30 am on Jul 29, 2011

I looked through all the systems listed in the environmental scan to date (7/29/2011) and added information to the Comments field for each one. The bottom line is that none of these seem to be actually implementing RWSL types of lab experiments, at least here in the US. It looks like the University of Queensland is doing some neat stuff with electronics and computer experiments, but they weren't accessible to me. The iLab effort at MIT is the closest thing to RWSL, but most of the listed experiments are in rough developmental stages - when you start clicking on links you very rapidly run into a bunch of "under construction" notices.

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