Labs are widely considered to be essential to learning science and engineering, because labs can provide a key context in which students experience science as a process of inquiry and get the opportunity to work “hand-on” with authentic tools and materials. However, it is not always easy to provide students with high quality laboratory experiences — labs can be too expensive, dangerous, difficult, or time-consuming. A remote laboratory is an increasingly common alternative that allows students to conduct scientific experiments at a distance, over the internet, with the assistance of computer platforms and services.
Citation: Roschelle, J., Jona, K., & Schank, P. (2019). Primer: Remote Labs. In Rapid Community Report Series.