E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, Novedrate, Italy, September 16-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

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Assessing Students and Teachers Experience on Simulation and Remote Biotechnology Virtual Labs: A Case Study with a Light Microscopy Experiment

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_6,
        author={Shyam Diwakar and Rakhi Radhamani and Hemalatha Sasidharakurup and Dhanush Kumar and Nijin Nizar and Krishnashree Achuthan and Bipin Nair},
        title={Assessing Students and Teachers Experience on Simulation and Remote Biotechnology Virtual Labs: A Case Study with a Light Microscopy Experiment},
        proceedings={E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, Novedrate, Italy, September 16-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ELEOT},
        year={2016},
        month={1},
        keywords={Virtual labs Biotechnology Simulation Remote labs Feedback},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_6}
    }
    
  • Shyam Diwakar
    Rakhi Radhamani
    Hemalatha Sasidharakurup
    Dhanush Kumar
    Nijin Nizar
    Krishnashree Achuthan
    Bipin Nair
    Year: 2016
    Assessing Students and Teachers Experience on Simulation and Remote Biotechnology Virtual Labs: A Case Study with a Light Microscopy Experiment
    ELEOT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_6
Shyam Diwakar1,*, Rakhi Radhamani1, Hemalatha Sasidharakurup1, Dhanush Kumar1, Nijin Nizar1, Krishnashree Achuthan1, Bipin Nair1
  • 1: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), Amritapuri
*Contact email: shyam@amrita.edu

Abstract

With recent trends of using Information and Communication Technologies in education, virtual labs have become more prevalent in classrooms of most schools and universities, especially in South India. The purpose of this paper was to perform a comparative analysis of virtual learning components such as animations, simulations and real-time remotely controlled experiments. As a part of this study, we conducted a series of biotechnology virtual lab workshops for University-level users within India and collected feedback related to the usage of virtual labs via direct approach. The survey amongst the students and teachers suggested simulation-based labs were more preferred in enhancing teaching and learning strategy compared to graphics-mediated animations and remotely controlled experiments. This paper also reports some of the issues faced by virtual lab users. Studies indicated that even though the web-based technologies are a new venture in education, it still poses adaptability issues.