Complementing Education via Virtual Labs: Implementation and Deployment of Remote Laboratories and Usage Analysis in South Indian Villages

Shyam Diwakar, Dhanush Kumar, Rakhi Radhamani, Hemalatha Sasidharakurup, Nijin Nizar, Krishnashree Achuthan, Prema Nedungadi, Raghu Raman, Bipin Nair


ICT-enabled virtual and remote labs have become a platform augmenting user engagement in blended education scenarios enhancing University education in rural India. A novel trend is the use of remote laboratories as learning and teaching tools in classrooms and elsewhere. This paper reports case studies based on our deployment of 20 web-based virtual labs with more than 170+ online experiments in Biotechnology and Biomedical engineering discipline with content for undergraduate and postgraduate education. Via hands-on workshops and direct feedback using questionnaires, we studied the role of remote lab experiments as learning and teaching tools. Although less reliable than direct feedback, we also included online feedback to perceive blended and remote learning styles among various users. Student and teacher user groups suggested significant usage adaptability of experimental process and indicated usage of remote labs as supplementary tools for complementing laboratory education. Usage analysis implicated the role of online labs as interactive textbooks augmenting student interaction and positive correlates to learning.


virtual lab; blended learning; direct feedback; neurophysiology; biophysics; bio-inspired robotics; ICT; remote labs; hands-on workshops

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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