Western's Integrated Laboratory Network (ILN): Sharing remote instrumentation within and between institutions

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Devon A. Cancilla, Devon.Cancilla@wwu.edu, Scientific Technical Services, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9079 and Simon P. Albon, trout@interchange.ubc.ca, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, 2146 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada.
WWU's Integrated Laboratory Network (ILN) is an initiative to provide anytime/anyplace access to scientific instrumentation and supporting curricular materials using e-learning technologies. The goal of the ILN is to make remote instrumentation easily available in classroom, laboratory, and research environments. Results from an NSF funded CCLI Phase I project clearly showed the feasibility of this approach.

Currently funded by a CCLI Phase II grant, WWU is working with seven beta testing institutions to develop, deploy, and test the ILN e-learning resources identified in Phase I of the project as being necessary to successfully incorporate remote instrumentation into the curriculum. Beta testing institutions include high schools, tribal and community colleges, and Ph.D. granting universities. Early results indicate that access to remote instrumentation provides a legitimate laboratory and learning experience and suggests the need for regional centers that provide remote access to instrumentation and support for the development of curricular materials.