Real World Lab

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This learning resource introduces Wikiversity authors into the concept of Real World Labs and supports the authors in building a Wikiversity Learning Resource for the Real World Lab.


Assume you know certain geographical location, where students/learner can interact with the environment and learn from the interaction specific topic in subjects or scientific disciplins. Interaction with the Real World Lab can be on different educational levels. In contrast of developing a learning resources just for a single target group (e.g. primary schools) a Real World Lab is designed to provide and aggregated learning resources that make reference to the geolocation of the Real World Lab. In line with the Wikiversity principles this can be on different educational levels:

  • non-formal education,
  • pre-school, Kindergarten,
  • primary education,
  • secundary education,
  • tertiary education

Main Use-Cases of RWL[edit]

  • (Pre-Visit) Preparation of visit with learning tasks and learning resources, that support the learners in being focussed on the learning objectives.
  • (During-Visit) Support the real visit with additional of the RWL with additional Learning Resources (e.g. Quiz, Mulitmedia from WikiMedia Commons, ... in Wikiversity)
  • (Post-Visit) support of post-visit with additional retrospective learning tasks and learning resources.
  • (Virtual-Visit) if students are not able to visit a specific area on earth (e.g. due to travel time and travel expenses), then a virtual visit could provide an opportunity explore a Real World Lab at least virtually by visual exploration and learning task, e.g.
    • Fiji Islands and the need for migration due to the rise of sea level and explore how a place looked like 50 years ago and now.
    • provide learning resources and the scientfic evidence for Global Warming and Greenhouse Gas.
    • (Loss of Value for Fossile Energy Sources) Analyse the hypothesis: The acceptance of current scientific evidence for climate change and the incorporation in economical decision making will lead to the loss of value of Fossile Energy Sources, because human-kind had to stop burning those resources (keep in mind, that fossile energy sources are not used for fuel and heating alone).


  • webbased tools for Real World Labs
  • 3D Modelling is used to create digital learning resources that allow the exploration of RWL in a pre, during, post, or virtual setting for a learning process.
  • Photogrammetry to create a 3D model of objects in Real World Lab by a set of images from a different angle

Image Map Graph[edit]

Create a visual representation (Image Map Graph - IMG) in LibreOffice Draw and highlight those areas with links to other web resource. This can also be used for the learners to get an overview what can be explored in a learning resource.

Image Map Graph for Navigation

The image abover can also be used in the ImageMap Editor to link the Image Map Graph to the image maps as nodes of the graph.

Examples of Real World Location for Labs[edit]

The following list enumerates possible example locations for Real World Labs

  • Geographical Location: River,
    • Biology: flora fauna arond the river.
    • Architecture: bridges, flood protection measures,...
    • History: archeological site, foundation of building, bridges, role of transportation over the river, the river as border between countries
    • Technology: water purification, drinking water
    • Economy: the role of water in society, transportation of goods over the river
    • Physics: fluid dynamic and transformation of river bed, land-water and water-land interaction
    • Mathematics: mathematical modelling of topics mentioned before and calculation of models specific to the geolocation of the real world lab.
  • Mining Area
  • Museum
  • Zoo
  • Forrest
  • Farm
  • City
  • Kindergarten/Playground

Icon Sets for Learning Resource[edit]

  • Use Icon Sets for your Learning Resource to express, what kind of interaction with the Real World Lab you expect from the learner.