The Practical Sandpit

An internet-based resource for creating virtual experiments

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Paul Hatherly
16 September 2010

 

What is a practical Sandpit?

It will be an internet-based resource for creating virtual practical resources from basic modules. This approach will make virtual experiments truly open in that instructors can create and tailor resources according to their own  practise and students’ needs.

Why am I doing it? 

Through my participation in the JISC sponsored “Skills for Scientists” project, I created online experiment resources for the JorumOpen repository under Creative Commons licensing. However, making resources “open” does not mean they will be used, and personal experience as a laboratory coordinator suggests that academic creativity in practical learning is vital. It is therefore apparent that although “open” in terms of being accessed, virtual experiment OERs are “closed” in the sense of creative re-use. The practical sandpit will therefore provide a modular means for creating virtual experiments with minimum complexity in programming and resources.

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Chris Barrett
1:22pm 15 October 2010


Hi Paul,

How will we use this in practice. If I have an experiment resource, how do I put it into the sandpit so others can access it?

Chris

Paul Hatherly
1:32pm 15 October 2010


Hi Chris,

This is something I'm thinking about  in the light of how the sandpit wll finally work. My current thinking would involve resources or assets being placed in an open repository, properly tagged and documented with their purpose and means of use.

I'm sure I'll have other ideas as the project progresses, meanwhile, I'm open to sugestions...

Paul.

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