Under the (virtual) microscope

Institutions hoping to take their science programs online often run into the same roadblock: how to translate a discipline built around tactile lab experiences to a digital environment.

Oregon State University Ecampus believes it has developed one solution that could be a template applied elsewhere. Its 3-D virtual microscope allows online students to interact with a digital replica of a crucial equipment piece, instead of having to purchase an expensive physical version or go to a lab on campus.

An added bonus: proponents say the online microscope allows students more self-directed, independent time to get acquainted with the tool than they would get in a limited classroom session, even without the experience of handling the physical object.

[ Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed. ]

 For more information on the VR technologies available through the University Center for Teaching and Learning, visit our Open Lab.