The eLABorate Success Project

The Manufacturing Technology Center is home to the eLABorate Success Project for which NWTC received a two-year Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation (2010-2012).

The eLABorate Success Project Overview

The eLABorate Success Project was designed to enhance the open lab learning experience for students leading to improved retention and success by 1) improved professional development for faculty; 2) clarifying and enhancing lab exercises; and 3) soliciting student input. The eLABorate Success Project provided training for instructors and students alike in a real-world contextualized environment.  The courses covered in 2010-11 were AC 1, Automation 3, Fluids 2 and one lab each from Fluids 3 and Fluids 4. The courses covered in 2011-12 were Electronics 1 and 2, Automation 4 and 5, select labs from DC3 and AC 2, and one lab from Power Electricity 2.  

This project focused on establishing and piloting a process to cross-train faculty in an academically diverse open lab setting to ensure they have the skills needed to provide immediate learning assistance to all lab students. The goals of the eLABorate Success Project were to improve instructors' ability to assist all students in the Manufacturing Technology Center lab, to improve the quality of the lab experiences, and to increase the percentage of students who successfully complete their course(s) on their first attempt. This project has the potential to lead to a comprehensive venture that provides a frame-work for professional development that can be applied to open lab settings in different disciplines.  


For more information about this project, please contact Pamela Mazur, Associate Dean of Engineering and Manufacturing at 920-498-6317 or  

Acknowledgement of Support and Disclaimer

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1003433. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).