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Pages: 7277-7281
Publication year: 2019
ISBN: 978-84-09-14755-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2019.1732

Conference name: 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 11-13 November, 2019
Location: Seville, Spain


Previous studies revealed that students who engage in properly-designed laboratory experiences develop important skills and competencies. Laboratory activities provide an interactive learning strategy, inspire students to further their education and foster practical skills. Moreover, science professors consider laboratories as a way of proving beliefs. Therefore, it was stressed that laboratory experiences are at the heart of the learning processes across all domains of science.

The rapid development of information technologies and their availability at low costs have changed the educational laboratory landscape. Among the others, virtual labs grow in numbers during the last years. They allowed a reduction of the costs of hands-on labs by taking advantage of the internet. This because all the infrastructure required for virtual laboratories is not real; rather, it is simulated on computers. They also have additional advantages (e.g., safety and availability).

Our review aims at investigating the educational effectiveness of virtual labs, trying to understand how they can improve the educational experience. We believe it is of importance to deepen the understanding of virtual labs when compared to physical (hands-on) labs in terms of learning outcomes. This because it should be of interest to discuss different viewpoints about educational objectives and effectiveness of hands-on and virtual laboratories.
author = {Petroni, A. and Bigliardi, B. and Dormio, A.I. and Filippelli, S. and Galati, F.},
series = {12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2019 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-14755-7},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2019.1732},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2019.1732},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {11-13 November, 2019},
year = {2019},
pages = {7277-7281}}
AU - A. Petroni AU - B. Bigliardi AU - A.I. Dormio AU - S. Filippelli AU - F. Galati
SN - 978-84-09-14755-7/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2019.1732
PY - 2019
Y1 - 11-13 November, 2019
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2019 Proceedings
SP - 7277
EP - 7281
ER -
A. Petroni, B. Bigliardi, A.I. Dormio, S. Filippelli, F. Galati (2019) VIRTUAL LABS IN EDUCATION, ICERI2019 Proceedings, pp. 7277-7281.