The covid-19 pandemia has challenged our universities how to give practical training to our students. An alternative has been to develop and use virtual lab programmes. NordBioMed has in our earlier Erasmus+ project – OERCompBioMed (Open educational resources in computational biomedicine) developed virtual courses.
With experiences from this we are now in a new Erasmus+ project – ENVISION_2027 (European Network for Virtual lab & Interactive SImulated ONline learning_2027) that is a 2-year Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project of 6 European universities: Universities of Turku, Kuopio, Leeds, Bergen and Åbo Akademi, and Karolinska Institutet. It is funded under the EU Key Action 226, Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness for years 2021-2023.
Main objectives of the project are (1) to research and suggest how to complement remote teaching of biosciences/biomedicine laboratory and teamwork activities through using state-of-the-art virtual reality tools, and (2) research how to combine learning analytics into the virtual laboratory teaching to obtain personalized learning experience for the student.
More information from here: https://sites.utu.fi/envision2027/