nanoHUB.org is a community web site that offers “online simulation and more” services to over 90,000 users annually free of charge. Over 150 simulation tools are available and over 1,600 other content items ranging from research seminars to complete nanotechnology classes are hosted on the nanoHUB. At this we believe that there is no other scientific gateway which hosts as many content items to as many users.
This presentation will provide a few highlights of how nanoHUB.org is being used in education and what kind of impact it has had so far. Tools and seminars are indeed being used as instructional materials. nanoHUB has been used in over 290 classes in the past few years in over 90 institutions for class room instruction. New developments are under way to provide one-stop-shops for tool-powered classes / curricula, which aggregate tools, homework assignments, and other teaching materials into one single resource.
It is demonstrated that education and research cannot cleanly be separated and that some tools clearly show use in education as well as in research. An example of a student migrating from educational use to documented research use is provided.
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Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy