Enhance lab learning through a new OPERA (Online Platform for Equipment and Remote Assistance) system
Faculty team: Shan Jiang, materials science and engineering; Ann Gansemer-Topf, School of Education; Hantang Qin, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, Greg Curtzwiler and Xiaolei Shi, food science and human nutrition; and Lingyao Yuan, information systems and business analytics
Summary: The team will build an adaptable online platform that enhances students’ lab learning experiences while accommodating diverse learning styles. It will integrate multiple formats of lab assistance, including videos, computer simulations and virtual reality experiences, and share resources from manufacturing and material processing courses — but apply to many other lab courses. The platform will let students preview and rehearse lab procedures before they collaborate on data collection and analysis during or outside regular lab hours. It will help instructors assemble learning materials, minimize equipment mishandling and reinforce data analysis skills.