Collaborative Sustainability Strategies for Online Laboratories

Collaborative Sustainability Strategies for Online Laboratories

Roger Watson, Aaron Coble, Amit Bhave, Andreas Braumann, Andrew Smallbone, Markus Kraft
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-186-3.ch024
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This chapter describes a wide range of issues relating to the collaborative aspects of sustaining an online laboratory at both a local and a strategic level. The discussion focuses on the benefits that the key stakeholders can obtain through collaboration, methods for establishing and sustaining collaborations, and the ways in which collaboration can enhance didactics. Current trends and future opportunities for amateur, research, and industry-driven online laboratories are also discussed. The chapter concludes with three case studies which illustrate the recent past, the state-of-the-art and the imminent future of online laboratory learning, and the ways by which progress towards a sustainable infrastructure can be made in a complex and culturally diverse world. It is advocated that the online laboratory community should move beyond a narrow peer-to-peer approach and engage increasingly with the full range of stakeholders.
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Key Stakeholders

Since the arrival of the internet permitted scientists and engineers to develop the first online laboratories during the 1980s and 1990s, the concept has begun to attract a much wider variety of stakeholders. Figure 1 illustrates some of the relationships which are currently developing in the online lab community. The arrows represent benefits, which may or may not involve cash flows, and it can be seen that some form of payoff is received by all parties. Details of these payoffs are described in the remainder of this section.

Figure 1.

Stakeholder relationships


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