Students’ Perceptions of Virtual Laboratories in University Physics Classes for Engineers (74842)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Students Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Sirichom Pichedboonkiat

Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:55
Session: Session 2
Room: Room G (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The integration of virtual laboratories (VLs) into teaching is increasingly in demand especially after Covid-19 due to their potential to enhance the learning experience and the possibility of implementing distance learning in higher education. They can either serve as a replacement for or complement to on-site laboratory learning.

This research aims to assess students' perception of the effectiveness of VLs in undergraduate Physics courses focusing on two research questions:
1)How do students perceive the effectiveness of using VLs in helping them to understand theoretical concepts?
2)What advantages and disadvantages, if any, do students report for the use of VLs as a learning tool compared to on-site laboratories?

To address these questions, A questionnaire-based study was conducted at South Mediterranean University in Tunisia to gather data from undergraduate engineering students' perceptions of using VLs in physics courses in terms of attitude, usefulness, satisfaction, and overall experience.

The study results indicate that integrating VLs in undergraduate physics courses had a positive effect on students' perceptions and experiences with 57.5% of students expressing a preference for VLs over on-site laboratories. VLs were viewed as a useful tool that enhanced and facilitated their learning experience.

Nevertheless, some students expressed disadvantages of VLs and emphasized the importance of physical experiments. Therefore, adopting a BLENDED LABORATORY offers a promising approach for transforming learning in education.

By sharing their experience, the authors aim to inspire and encourage other educators to explore the vast potential of incorporating VLs into their educational contexts which can greatly improve academic performance.

Authors:
Rim Gharbi, The Mediterranean Institute of Technology, Tunisia
Rim Gouia, The Mediterranean Institute of Technology, Tunisia


About the Presenter(s)
Dr. RIM GHARBI is currently an Assistant Professor at the Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech), Tunis–Tunisia

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00