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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Representatives of the NANSLO partners serve on the the NANSLO leadership team provides the overall vision and direction for NANSLO's efforts and has responsibility for its operations.  Faculty from  institutional partners involved in current initiatives serve on the expert discipline panels. Together, they collaborate in the development of creative approaches for delivering science lab exercises online, building open access curriculum, and providing research and insights into meeting the needs of online science students.  NANSLO also believes that industry partners can play a key role in supporting NANSLO's production and development efforts.


BCcampus logoA consortium of 25 postsecondary institutions throughout British Columbia, Canada.  BCcampus focuses on business modeling and educational design research.


Colorado Community College System logoCCCS is a system of 13 colleges serving over 150,000 students.  Located in Arvada, CO, the NANSLO Colorado lab run by CCCS serves students attending CCConline and students attending other affiliated institutions, has a faculty sandbox that can be used to try out the lab, and serves as the primary field test site for new NANSLO lab activities.


North Island College logoLocated on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, the NANSLO British Columbia lab run by NIC is the primary development lab and also serves students  attending affiliated institutions.


WICHE logoOne of four regional compacts established by the U.S. Congress in the early 1950s to facilitate the sharing of information and resources among higher education institutions in its region, WICHE serves 15 states and one U.S. territory.  WICHE is the coordinatoring partner and fiscal agent for NANSLO.

Leadership Team

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Albert Balbon
Supervisor of Distributed Learning
North Island College
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada


PJ Bennett
NANSLO Assistant Lab Director


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Dan Branan
NANSLO Lab Director

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Lisa Domae
Vice President, Student & Educational Services & Planning
North Island College
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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Pat Shea
Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives

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Kevin Walters
Director, Information Technology Services
Institutional Research/Info Technology
North Island College
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Naomi Tabata, Leadership Team Manager, Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation

Naomi Tabata
Leadership Team Manager, Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation
North Island College
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada



Discipline Panels

To ensure rigor, quality and acceptance within the science community, NANSLO has adopted a Discipline Panel model for each science initiative it is involved in. Each discipline panel consists of faculty representatives from the institutions involved in the initiative. Ideally, there is a balance among the two-year and four-year schools involved in the initiative. Together, the panel members work to address issues of curriculum alignment across institutions, identify specifications for new lab experiments and exercises, contribute ideas and best practices for teaching science courses, create new curriculum for the initiative as well as instructional material to assist in its use, test experiments and recommend modifications, and insure curriculum is openly licensed, as appropriate based on the initiative.

Current NANSLO Discipline Panels

  • Concortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) Initiative - Three Discipline Panels have been formed.  See CHEO Overview for more information about the project and Discipline Panels for more information about those serving on these panels.

Past NANSLO Discipline Panels

  • Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) Initiative - Three Discipline Panels were formed for this initiative that ended Fall 2012. See NGLC Overview for more information about the project and Discipline Panels for more information about those serving on the panels.

Industry Partners

Industry partners are those companies with an interest in NANSLO. Some are suppliers of products used by NANSLO. Others are interested in supporting the expansion of this approach to increase the pipeline of STEM majors in the workforce.

National Instruments provides the software and support for LabView software that is used by students to control the scientific equipment at the NANSLO nodes.