With recent advances in ICT, virtual and remote laboratories have become ubiquitous as a complementary tool allowing student users to access a mobile platform and utilize real-time shared equipment over the internet. In this paper, we explore the role of biotechnology remotely controlled labs in augmenting student education via allowing real time shared resources. We deployed 23 virtual laboratories with 218 virtual experiments in biotechnology to provide an online laboratory experience that allowed students and teachers to share and augment conceptual and practical knowledge. Student users reported high usability and repeatability of experimental process and suggested virtual labs as complementing tool for augmenting student’s perception in an active learning scenario. Hybrid approaches in mobile learning indicated student users preferred a blended learning role via classrooms. We also observed that performance in examinations improved with those students using remote labs. We also evaluated the role of virtual labs as a teaching tool for university teachers.
Dhanush Kumar, Hemalatha Sasidharakurup, Rakhi Radhamani, Nijin Nizar, Dr. Bipin G. Nair, Dr. Shyam Diwakar, and Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, “Mobile Learning and Biotechnology Education via Remote Labs: Deployment-based study on Real Time Shared Resources”, in 9th International Conference on Interactive Mobile and Communication Technologies and Learning 2015, Mediterranean Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece., 2015.