The Online Labs is an educational initiative pioneered by Amrita CREATE, the Center for Research in Advanced Technologies for Education at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in partnership with CDAC, Mumbai; under a research grant from the Department of Information Technology, Government of India.
The lab hosts experiments in Physical, Chemical and Biology sciences for the students from classes 9 to 12 with content aligned to the NCERT/CBSE curriculum. Recently OLabs has also included Mathematics and English lessons. Access to Online Labs is free for Schools upon registration.
The labs can also be made available to students with no access to physical labs or where equipment are not available owing to being scarce or costly. This helps them compete with students in better schools and bridges the digital divide and geographical distances. The experiments can be accessed anytime and anywhere, overcoming the constraints on time felt when having access to the physical lab for only a short period of time.
The 'learning-enabled assessment' through the Online Labs, facilitates in the assessment of; the procedural and manipulative skills of the experiment, the concepts and understanding of the experiment and a student's reporting and interpreting skills.
The development of online labs includes the study and use of mathematical techniques to demonstrate the various complex functions in diverse areas of science. The labs make use of cutting edge simulation technology to create real world lab environments. Thorough study and research is done by research personnel's for better understanding of the experimental procedures.
Real lab scenarios are captured through live demonstration of the experiment so as to assimilate information on the procedures and lab equipment. Visualisation and development of the graphical symbols are done based on realistic situations and compared with the respective real equipment. Simulations are made interactive using various authoring tools, thus recreating and simulating a real lab environment.
The Online Labs (OLabs) for School Lab Experiments are hosted at olabs.edu.in
“Online Labs is very useful for studies. I was very much interested in knowing the experiments in Online Labs. I really liked it on the tablet.”
~M. Sabeetha, class 11, G.H.S.S, Kulathupalayam
“The tablet is very useful as can be held within the hands. It is very easy and helpful in knowing many things. The experiments in Online Labs were excellent.”
~V. Vanitha, class 9, G.H.S, Devarayapuram
“Online labs is one of the advanced teaching systems which can make a revolution in education, specially in science. It is one of the modern methods which helps to teach science and helps the student to smoothly conduct the lab.”
~Niranjan Parida, ODM Public School, Bhubaneswar
“Had an interesting session here. The session was quite informative and we enjoyed learning the working of Online Labs. I am sure this is going to help students to a great extend and will make the practical more enjoyable to them.”
~Manisha Samal, DAV Public School, CDA, Cuttack
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