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A student uses the Ecampus-developed 3D microscope on a laptop at a coffee shop.

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, 3D virtual microscope that increases student access to learning and eliminates a barrier to degree completion.

A screenshot of the 3D microscope designed by Ecampus multimedia developers and faculty members.

Oregon State wins national award for online biology lab

Oregon State Ecampus and faculty members from OSU’s College of Science received a national innovation award for the development of a groundbreaking online biology lab series and 3D animation project that effectively puts a microscope in the hands of every distance student.