Pushing Ahead
Are Virtual Labs the Next Step for MOOCs?
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  • Jim__L

    The experience of dealing with cranky lab equipment is absolutely essential to a proper appreciation of the practice (and limits) of empirical science.

    Brick-and-mortar universities will always have a role to play, where physicality is necessary. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Fat_Man

    Of course this should be done. Physics experiments are the easiest. Game consoles have been simulating physics for years. In biology, virtual reality may be better that pickled specimens because they can duplicate living tissue while specimens are usually much changed in color and form.

    Indeed computer based experiments may be better than many high school and even some college labs. Complaining that real scientists need to handle real experimental equipment misses the point. We need to get kids to the advanced level where that becomes relevant. It is not relevant in High School or college intro courses.

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