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Virtual Labs vs. Remote Labs: Between Myth & Reality

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Florida Higher Education Consortium Statewide Conference.,


Many United States institutions of higher education have established Web-based educational environments that provide higher education curricula via the Internet and diverse modalities. Success has been limited primarily to virtual classrooms (real audio/video transmission) and/or test taking (online form filing). An extensive survey was carried out that examined the course content offered by many leading private and public North American Universities and some colleges in the United Kingdom that offer full or part-time programs via the Internet. Four alternative methods that have been employed to place laboratories online include: videotapes, home kits, arrangements with local facilities, and software simulation. These are far from being "real" labs. In electrical and computer engineering and other technical fields, the challenge remains how students can perform real working lab experiments through virtual technology. The innovative concept of having a Real Lab on the Internet via Remote Lab Technology could provide a solution. (Contains 21 references.) (AEF)


Alhalabi, B., Hamza, M.K., Hsu, S. & Romance, N. (1998). Virtual Labs vs. Remote Labs: Between Myth & Reality. Presented at Florida Higher Education Consortium Statewide Conference. 1998. Retrieved June 14, 2021 from .

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