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The Practical Sandpit
An internet-based resource for creating virtual experiments
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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.