OSU wins a 2017 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award for its groundbreaking, first-of-its kind 3-D Virtual Microscope and online introductory biology course series. The award recognizes innovative, technology-based solutions that transform the college learning experience.
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) presents the WOW award to colleges, universities, and organizations who implement exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to contemporary challenges in higher education.
Developed in partnership with OSU Ecampus and Integrative Biology and Botany and Plant Pathology faculty, the 3-D Virtual Microscope essentially puts a microscope in the hands of every distance education student so they can complete the full biology series online. This online simulation provides much-needed student interaction with lab equipment.
The physical and virtual worlds collide under the microscope with 3-D interactive to give students a real learning experience at a distance. Try it out here. Switch the lamp from off to on to start using it.
The project took one year to produce the 3-D microscope interactive project following six months of research and development time. The collaboration involved more than 30 OSU faculty, department heads, OSU Ecampus multimedia developers, instructional designers and other staff.