Evaluation of Student Learning in Remotely Controlled Instrumental Analyses

  • Chris Meintzer Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11762 106th St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5G 2R1
  • Frances Sutherland Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11762 106th St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5G 2R1
  • Dietmar Kennepohl Athabasca University 1 University Drive Athabasca, Alberta, Canada, T9S 3A3
Keywords: distance learning, Internet, undergraduate laboratory instruction, atomic spectroscopy, remote laboratory

Abstract

The Canadian Remote Sciences Laboratories (CRSL) website (www.remotelab.ca) was successfully employed in a study of the differences in the performance and perceptions of students’ about their learning in the laboratory (in-person) versus learning at a remote location (remote access). The experiment was completed both in-person and via remote access by 70 students, who performed essentially the same, academically, in the two modes. One set of students encountered the in-person laboratory first and then did the remote laboratory, while the other set of students did the activities in the reverse order. The student perception survey results (n = 46) indicated that the students found both experimental scenarios to be at appropriate levels of difficulty, clear to understand, and did not overall prefer one way of completing the experiment over the other. However, they felt that they learned more about the theory of the experiment, more hands-on skills, and more about the operation of the instrument when they performed the experiment in the laboratory in the presence of an instructor. They also believed that they learned more about the instrument operation from their laboratory partner when they completed the experiment in the laboratory, but learned more from their partner about the operation of the instrument software when they completed the procedure from a remote location.

Author Biographies

Chris Meintzer, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11762 106th St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5G 2R1

Instructor

Chemical Technology

Frances Sutherland, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11762 106th St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5G 2R1

Instructor

Chemical Technology

Dietmar Kennepohl, Athabasca University 1 University Drive Athabasca, Alberta, Canada, T9S 3A3

Professor of Chemistry

Centre for Science

Published
2017-09-25
How to Cite
Meintzer, C., Sutherland, F., & Kennepohl, D. (2017). Evaluation of Student Learning in Remotely Controlled Instrumental Analyses. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(6). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v18i6.3093
Section
Research Articles