M. Ipalakova, Y. Daineko, M. Yunnikova, M. Brodyagina, Z. Bolatov

International Information Technologies University (KAZAKHSTAN)
Today, the rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) and its penetration into all spheres of modern society requires using it efficiently in educational process as well. Thereby, development of new teaching techniques, tools and ways of interaction between lecturers and students, which are based on ICT, is one of the foreground tasks of modernization of higher education in the Republic of Kazakhstan. One of such new teaching tools is virtual laboratories. They allow visualizing the processes, which are difficult to observe in reality due to a number of reasons, like expensive cost of laboratory equipment, potential danger for students and others. Physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, genetics, nanotechnology are only the part of all sciences, where real experiments can be replaced with their virtual analogues without losing informational content and quality of education.

The work presented in this paper is devoted to the development of realistic real-time intelligent virtual physical laboratory. The main aim is to create an environment, which is similar to a real physical laboratory, and to offer to a user a way to study and test different aspects of a wide range of physical phenomena. The virtual laboratory provides enhanced learning opportunities with the help of realistic 3D visualization of physical processes and ability to control an experiment by modeling its initial conditions and parameters. The virtual laboratory contains a number of laboratory works. In the paper the development process of the laboratory is considered in detail on the example of one of the virtual laboratory works. The different aspects of introduction of the virtual laboratory into the process of teaching physics in the International Information Technology University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and its impact on the students’ performance are discussed.