"The School of Engineering and the College of Technology at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) have started a new initiative aimed at improving students’ experience in their all-important lab courses. More than 600 engineering and technology students at PNW will benefit from the set of courses and labs targeted by this initiative.
Alternative modes of instructional delivery considered with Remote Knowledge Labs include: New and/or modified experiments that can safely be conducted by students at home, using parts and materials they either already have or that they can easily acquire or purchase. Establishment and distribution of lab kits that students can purchase or rent. Development of virtual laboratories, which can proceed along at least two trajectories: Augmenting existing equipment to permit web-based remote control and monitoring of experiments (“remote experiments”); developing cyber-physical laboratories that combine both computer-based simulation and control environments with physical systems that are that are remotely manipulated."