1. Introduction of high impact teaching practices in a laboratory environment which includes undergraduate research projects and inquiry / discovery experiments with new approaches to the assessment of the related student learning outcomes.
2. Collaborative learning environments to promote the construction of new knowledge through shared ideas and in the lab which extends to the development of research questions, experimental design and the communication of subsequent outcomes.
3. Conventional lab notebooks and hard copy reports do not evidence individual and the subsequent analysis and communication of their data in relation to their research questions.
4. Introduction of a virtual lab notebook hosted within a Wiki environment to enable the mapping of individual contributions to a group report.
5. Issues such as the incidence of plagiarism can be addressed both through the inherent transparency in accountability and the ability to submit an electronic copy of the product to Turnitin.
6. Virtual Labs will be made more effective and realistic by providing additional inputs to the students like accompanying audio and video streaming of an actual lab experiment and equipment.
7. For the ‘touch and feel’ part, the students can possibly visit an actual laboratory for a short duration.