Making Connections: Improving Student Learning Opportunities Through a Remote Laboratory

This workshop will provide information on how teachers are will be able to deliver an inquiry-based, hands-on remote laboratory activity that will provide students access to an analytical instrument.  Through this workshop, teachers will be informed on

  • what a remote laboratory is (BC-ILN) 
  • an example of a cross curricular  laboratory facilitated by the BC-ILN team
  • how a BC-ILN activity may work in their class
  • what teachers need to do to run a remote laboratory activity (set up and prep time)
  • the supports that will be available to teachers and the students when running the remote lab

This workshop will include a tutorial on how to access one of the analytical instruments and control a camera mounted in the ceiling of the laboratory.    

Target Audience

Junior Science Teachers (chemistry) and Senior Chemistry Teachers


12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Room 706

No prior registration required.


  • Thompson Rivers University
    Tory Anchikoski

    Tory Anchikoski has been a lecturer at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), teaching ABE chemistry and biology for four years.  She completed her Bachelor of Education at UBC in 2012, and recently defended her thesis for her Master of Education in 2018.  The research conducted for Tory’s thesis looked at engagement of middle school students while conducting a remote laboratory activity which was facilitated by the BC-Integrated Laboratory Network (BC-ILN).  Tory views remote laboratory activities as a unique hands-on laboratory experience that provides students with an opportunity to use analytical instrumentation which may otherwise not be available in a high school setting.     


  • Thompson Rivers University
    Bruno Cinel

    Dr. Bruno Cinel and Dr. Sharon Brewer are Associate Professors of Chemistry at Thompson Rivers University. They founded the BC Integrated Laboratory Network (BC-ILN) in 2006 using remote instrumentation for teaching purposes in British Columbia and beyond. The BC-ILN provides remote access to analytical instrumentation for real time chemical analysis of real samples over the internet. In total more than 5000 separate chemical analyses that have been conducted by over 1000 students across 15 institutions. Their research interests include chemical education with a focus on the use of remote instrumentation as a teaching tool, the development of inquiry based laboratory curriculum, and the assessment of laboratory learning outcomes, as well as disciplinary research.