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What is Laboratory

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
A place providing opportunity for scientific experimentation, observation, practice in a field of study, or research
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Remote Teaching Laboratories in Science and Engineering
Dietmar Kennepohl (Athabasca University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch257
For scientists and engineers, the idea of remote controlled experiments is not a new. Remote control is often used when an experiment or instrument is physically inaccessible by virtue of location or danger. It is also an excellent method for sharing expensive equipment and facilities with other researchers. However, employment of remote laboratory access to deliver the practicum components of distance science courses is much more recent and certainly not as common. Historically, the complexity and technology involved has often dissuaded universal adoption of this method in regularly run laboratory courses. However with the increasing availability and robustness of new technologies, the use of remote laboratories is being explored by many distance educators in the sciences as a viable method of offering a first-class laboratory experience for the student.
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Current Directions in Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences
A controlled physical environment where all relevant physical and non-physical aspects of the environment can be manipulated with a high degree of control.
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