Thompson Rivers University

TRU featured in online gallery of educational innovations

April 12, 2012


A STEM(+) education project at TRU is featured in the newly released HP Catalyst Online Gallery of education innovations to coincide with the HP Catalyst summit in China.

The project, ‘Providing and Evaluating Authentic On-Line Science Laboratory Experiences‘, is part of an international collaboration between educators exploring innovations in STEM(+) education. The TRU project allowed students to connect to advanced instruments via online technology and perform chemical analyses. This also allowed students to collaborate with others just around the corner or thousands of kilometres away.

Watch a video demonstration

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Since 2006, the BC-ILN project has connected student learners to advanced scientific instrumentation for chemical analysis across the province of British Columbia and beyond. This project received HP Catalyst funding in 2011 to joing the HP Catalyst Multiversity Consortium focusssed on STEM(+) research on online learning. Our main research question focuses on whether we can use online access to remote instrumentation to have students achieve the same educational outcomes as students in a traditional laboratory course. This project involves college and high school stduents from across BC and beyond.