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Virtual Lab Integration

The goal of this eCampus Ontario funded initiative is to assess the potential impact of web-based, 3-D virtual lab technology when deployed in a range of online and technology-enhanced learning course contexts.

Through the primary project activities, a team of collaborating instructors will focus on providing active learning opportunities through high quality virtual lab activities and assessing the outcomes of implementation across the dimensions of learning outcomes, student experience, faculty observations and operational implications. The focus for the pilot initiative will be in the biology disciplines. Primary activities will include:

  • Building instructor capacity to integrate virtual labs within their curriculum
  • Planning for digital learning environment integration, TA and student support
  • Evaluation and sharing project outputs as a community resource

Faculty development resources and project materials, including instructor and TA guidelines will be made available as a resource/web link on the eCampus Ontario portal.

[New] August 2017: Instructors from the Human Biology program have secured additional licence seats through the eCampusOntario EdTech Sandbox initiative.


Project Collaborators:

  • William Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology
  • Maria Papaconstantinou, Assoc. Prof, Teaching Stream, Human Biology
  • Chris Garside, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Cell and Systems Biology (CSB)
  • Dawn Kilkenny, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
  • Andrey Shukalyuk, IBBME Teaching Laboratory Coordinator – Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

EdTech Sandbox Collaborators:

  • Ron Wilson, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Associate Director, Human Biology
  • William Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology
  • Alistair Dias,¬†Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology

For more information please contact online.learning@utoronto.ca


Image used with permission from Labster.