Sligo academic to study virtual online laboratories in US

Published 17/06/2014 | 05:40

Dr Ian McLoughlin of IT Sligo, who will be studying in Stanford University, California.

AN IT Sligo academic is off to the US to study online virtual laboratories.

Dr Ian McLoughlin, a mathematician, statistician and computer scientist, is one of six Irish recipients of a new 'Fulbright-TechImpact Award'.

It's an accolade that will also enable him to take up an invitation from Stanford University, California to do research work there.

Fulbright Awards are presented annually to Irish students, scholars and professionals to undertake study and/or research in the United States.

Galway native, Dr McLoughlin, joined IT Sligo in October 2012 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences.

He will travel to Stanford in July to study the provision of online laboratory environments.

A major challenge in online science teaching is the provision of simulated laboratory facilities as students typically do not have access to laboratories.

Dr McLoughlin will research and assess the specific technical challenges of devising and operating an online virtual laboratory for chemistry courses undertaken by distance learners.

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