Science Interactive Roundtable Series:
Virtual Labs Aren’t The Answer
Virtual labs have seen an increase over the years as student demand for online learning has been growing. Remote learning carries a different course structure, course teaching, and expectations for responsibilities and accountabilities from both students and instructors as compared to on-campus learning. Being able to adapt properly is critical toward positive student outcomes.
There’s no doubt that virtual labs are the least expensive option for students when looking at online learning. But are they the best option when considering learning outcomes and applying knowledge through hands-on experiences? The simple answer is “NO” because cheaper isn’t better.
We’ve brought on several instructors who have experience with both virtual labs as well as hands-on labs. Listen and learn as they share their perspectives on both options.
Amy Daniels – Greenville Technical College
Merideth Sellars – Columbus State Community College
Dr. Christopher Lue – Hillsborough Community College