This workshop was supported by The Virtual Labs project sponsored by the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT), Ministry of HRD. Virtual Labs project envisions making available computer simulated experiments to all engineering students in India via the internet. A student can access the labs from a computer terminal at his college that has a broadband internet connection. No additional infrastructural setup is required. Amrita is participating in this unique MHRD mission and has developed and deployed Virtual Labs in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Biotechnology.

Friday, January 7, 2011 - 09:00
Registration started by nine o’ clock at the Amritapuri Campus of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University. Registrations were well managed via a front desk completely manned by student volunteers. The student volunteers had either been working on the Virtual Labs project or using Virtual Labs as part of their courses. The workshop successfully targeted registrations from several districts across the state of Kerala from various institutions, ranging from government to private colleges. Participating institutions included university colleges, engineering colleges and even higher...
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 10:00
A formal inauguration was conducted to mark the official opening of the website to the general public. Dr. Krishnashree Achutan, Principal Coordinator for the VALUE Virtual Labs project, made the introductions. Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar Associate Dean of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus was the Chief Guest. He shared his thoughts and visions on Amrita University and the emphasis that Amrita has on value and education. Dr. R. Krishnan, Dean of Academics, at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum, gave the keynote address. Professor Prema Nedungadi, Head of...
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:00
The workshop was designed to cater for all levels of IT literacy from the novice to advanced users. The whole program was engineered to hold participants interest, to evoke curiosity, and to excite them about the potential and possibilities of Virtual Labs. The process was a step-by-step guide starting with the basics of defining the concept of Virtual Labs leading to an interactive discussion. The participants were informed about the various forms of Virtual Labs such as animations, simulations and remote triggering. They were also introduced to diverse productions of Virtual Labs and later...
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:00
The demonstration was a comprehensive orientation to the Virtual Labs website. Once the audience had been introduced to the concept of what a Virtual Lab is, what it can do, and its educational benefits, the demonstration helped make those abstract concepts more tangible by visual and audible representations. The demonstration was an in-depth display of the array of experiments on offer to teachers and students. The logic behind the graphic user interface and layout was highlighted. The seven tabs were explained and demonstrated along with the three key varieties of Virtual Labs,...
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 13:00
Participants were led to a computer lab where they were able to use what they had learned about virtual labs and actually access the VALUE Virtual Labs website and conduct experiments on their own.Participants seemed to have a keen interest in exploring the site. The large variety of experiments meant that the vast majority of participants were accessing different experiments. However, it was noted that after some time, users of the same row were interacting with each other and accessing the same or similar sites. After sometime we introduced our student volunteers to assistant users...
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 13:00
The Virtual Labs Workshop was honoured to be given a personal address by Additional Secretary N.K. Sinha via Amrita University’s A-VIEW (Amrita-Virtual Interactive E-learning World) interactive e-learning technology. "It’s a big mission the National Mission on Education through ICT. It’s not just MHRD’s mission, it’s a mission for all intellectuals of our country — students and teachers. You are the owners of this mission. Any individual or institution can have bright ideas. Those who are here [attending the workshop] should take up the challenge and address the needs of our students not...
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 16:00
Following the hands-on session participants participated in a discussion reviewing their experiences and highlighting both positive and negative experiences. Though there were some critical points made regarding the audio elements or whether it should be java or flash that is used, the majority of comments were highly positive.  "It is clear that there is a clear gap between IT and science". "These virtual labs allow parameters to be changed as in labs but in can be extended to more scenarios. This method allows us to do the theoretical". "Virtual labs regenerate an enthusiasm...
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