Development and evaluation of virtual laboratory for engineering education

Bogatinova, Kristina and Koceski, Saso and Koceska, Natasa (2015) Development and evaluation of virtual laboratory for engineering education. A journal for information technology, education development and teaching methods of technical and natural sciences, 5 (1). pp. 23-34. ISSN 2217-7949

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Practical component is often considered as one of the most important characteristics of the engineering education. In this context engineering education laboratories play very important role, by helping the students to test theoretically acquired knowledge, enabling them collaborative environment, trial and error learning approach and offline analysis of the experimental results. However, permanent availability of the laboratory and the equipment is one of the main problems in the process of learning. Sometimes, they are even completely missing. The rapid development of information and communication technologies in the last decades has made a huge impact on the education system with a special emphasis on the engineering subjects. The advances of web technologies on the other hand have also significantly improved online and collaborative learning, and students’ learning experience in general. This paper presents a developed virtual online laboratory that aims at helping high school students in learning physics. It consists of several virtual benches developed as separate fully interactive web modules. The benches ware developed to follow the high school curricula of the physics courses in Macedonia. The design and development technologies and system architecture are also presented. The laboratory has been evaluated from both students and teachers. The results of the evaluation are also presented in the paper and conclusions are drawn.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Natural sciences > Computer and information sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science
Depositing User: Natasa Koceska
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 11:55
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 11:55

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