UCL Teaching and Learning Network (TLN)

Programme for 2010-2011

Online collaboration using remote-operated laboratory equipment

Ben Hanson - Department of Mechanical Engineering


Lab experiments are an important component of many science and engineering degree courses. Recently, "Remote laboratories" are increasingly being developed to provide students with web-based access to real laboratory experiments.  These have been shown to offer some desirable features, e.g. increased accessibility, student-led learning; however there are concerns that remote access will be overly substituted for hands-on practical work, and reduce interaction between students.  Ben was interested in investigating the possibilities for combining a remote-laboratory with a live online chat facility, which could potentially allow real-time collaboration with a laboratory experiment and students all sited at different locations.  This year, with the help of Dr. Jane Hughes and an Academic Development Grant from CALT, he conducted a pilot study with UCL students and will present the results here.

Monthly Meetings

Other TLN Events

We hope to host some TLN events at UCL venues away from the main campus this year.  Details will be posted here and on the TLN Moodle pages.