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  1. 1. Lauren NourseEDU 710February 4, 2010Research Article #3Simulated vs. Hands-On Lab ExperimentsNew model is likely to require more actual lab work for those taking AdvancedPlacement courses online.By Michelle R. DavisThis article originally appeared as an e-article and was subsequently published inEducation Week.The article takes up the debate that digital labs can provide the same level of learning asactually picking up equipment and doing the experiment or dissection.“Simulated labs can be highly effective learning tools; however, even the bestsimulations are not automatically successful. They are tools that can enhance a well-designed curriculum and the efforts of a good teacher, but they cannot replace them. Theymust still be part of an overall instructional design and rely on the timely guidance of ateacher.”The article is mostly opinion based with little research support. However, detaileddescriptions on best practices for use are outlined with further research references cited.In addition to detailed documentation the discussion thread posts several references tospecific on-line lab sites.This article acknowledges that on-line simulations and virtual labs are improving yearly.The article recommends incorporating virtual labs and simulations as enhancements to acurriculum rather than as complete replacements.

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