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Virtually bringing students closer to nature

Oregon State Ecampus students are experts at adapting to their environment. They turn coffee shops into classrooms and living rooms into lecture halls. But for students taking crop science classes online, they needed a more lifelike way to learn about plants from a distance. And now they’re getting their hands “dirty” by digging into a variety of crops in a 3D virtual greenhouse.

Big questions need big answers. That’s our strong suit.

It was a fundamental question in search of a much-needed answer: How can distance students in introductory biology courses online learn to operate a microscope without being in a physical laboratory? The simple answer was that they couldn’t. So Oregon State fixed that problem by developing a first-of-its-kind, 3-D virtual microscope that increases student access to learning and eliminates a barrier to degree completion.