Your Name and Title: Sérgio Leal (teacher)

School, or Organization Name: University of Lisbon 

Co-Presenter Name(s): Sérgio Leal

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Portugal

Language in Which You Will Present: English or Portuguese

Target Audience(s): Chemistry and Physics teachers 

Short Session Description (one line): Chemistry in the e-lab: a new wave

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The e-lab ( is a remotely controlled laboratory that allows students of primary and secondary school to consolidate their knowledge in science and hence develop their scientific skills, matters that have been confirmed in the classroom since 2009-2010, after the conduction of a pilot study [1,2].

In operation in Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) since 1999-2000, the e-lab has recently undergone a usability study, and currently offers a simpler and user friendly interface, allowing easy access to the chosen experience. It has been used in the basic disciplines of Physics of the first cycle of higher education, but it was recently created an extension of the contents to primary and secondary levels of education, with some experiences and respective online content revised for this purpose.

Although most e-lab experiments are in Physics, at this time there are several experiments in Chemistry under investigation [3]. This investigation has started in 2012, and since then we have been studying the integration of several chemistry experiments in the platform. However, remote chemistry experiments are more difficult to execute in this kind of environment [4,5]. This is currently our main challenge. Nevertheless, in the near future several chemistry e-lab experiments working in real time will be available. Figure 1 shows the sketch of one of the chemistry e-lab experiments that we are working and intends to study a chemical equilibrium reaction.

[1] Fernandes, H.; Leal, S. C.; Leal, J. P., E-lab: o laboratório online, Gazeta da Física 2010, 33(3), 37-40.

[2] Leal, S. C.; Leal, J. P.; Fernandes, H., E-lab: a valuable tool for teaching, Contemporary Issues in Education 2010, 1(2), 167-174.

[3] Leal, S. C.; Leal, J. P., One example of a Chemistry e-lab experiment: Chemical equilibrium reaction, International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE), vol. 9, pp. 41-43, 2013.

[4] Maiti, A.; Tripathy, B., Remote Laboratories: Design of Experiments and Their Web Implementation, Educational Technology & Society, vol. 16 (3), pp. 220–233, 2013.

[5] Senese, F. A.; Bender, C.; Kile, J., The internet chemistry set: web-based remote laboratories for distance education in chemistry, IMEj J. Comput.-Enhanced Learning, vol. 2(2), 2000.

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