While students are not getting as many real hands-on experiences, the shift to online learning is democratizing as professors are able to open up their classes to more students.
The online platforms remove many financial and geographical barriers to student's learning, allowing more students to take part. Online learning platforms are also more accessible to second language students who can slow down and repeat recorded lectures and avoid falling behind.
Professors have developed creative solutions to these barriers and found innovative ways of getting students a virtual lab practical experience, while are sending lab kits to student's homes for them to participate remotely.
This is especially important as the future of fieldwork itself is changing. These new strategies will likely extend beyond the college classroom and into the real lab and research settings, therefore providing a practical learning experience for students.