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Virtual Lab Tours – A Growing Perspective

Virtual Lab Tours – A Growing Perspective

Infinite possibilities unlocked by online access were not possible a decade ago. Implementation of technology in classrooms beyond google searches and artificial intelligence apps is evolving rapidly.

In a recent annual education conference, the advisor for Educalinkapp argues that the emergence of virtual lab tours has significantly transformed online learning methods and techniques. “Simulated lab tours are helping institutions in Latin America beat the COVID-19 pandemic and continue with the academic calendar. As an effective catalyst to creating a new and more effective method of educating students, the simulated lab industry is projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025,” he says.

Beyond being very limiting, safety concerns in real labs pose imminent risks of blowing things up. With almost everything online, simulated labs are gaining traction as institutions attempt to cut costs, expand student outreach and enhance understanding.

Physical labs are marred with all sorts of different risks, ranging from unattended Bunsen burners to a pile of explosive chemicals. Simulated labs, on the other hand, replace labs for students who are unable to access the real thing using computer simulation.

Safety issues all around the place make real labs very limiting. Although emerging data  suggests that virtual labs help students prepare for real-life scientific investigations, there is still a debate on whether they are flashy distractions or can really replace physical labs.

Cloud-based availability of all virtual labs gives users unhindered access to the platform whenever they want. The implementation of stripped-down 2D video games that use simple toggles for control and 3D simulators for a more engaging experience guides students with step-wise objectives for carrying out technical procedures.

Perhaps one of the most cited advantages of simulated labs is that it can be done at students’ convenience when they learn best. In some cases, the tutor may use virtual labs during regular classroom hours, limiting this benefit but allowing unlimited resources within the given time frame.

Inventors of virtual labs extol the advantages of navigating the space of evolving technology. Virtual microscopes and simulators provide real-time feedback featuring futuristic solutions to students. At the same time, learners work with AI-powered teaching techniques to compete with their peers and cover different aspects of the course curriculum.

Using modeled 3D simulators, students can analyze experiments in classrooms or remotely under different learning conditions without moving from one place to another. Updating expensive simulators is done online, and institutions don’t need to settle with outdated equipment.

A traditional approach for centuries has characterized higher education in Latin America. The pandemic necessitated immediate attention to prevailing obstacles, and institutions had to adapt rapidly.

Although not backed with the same financing as the video gaming industry, simulated labs are populated with characters interacting with students, a view out of the windows and wall posters mimicking real labs. Based on recent findings in a script by Business Telegraph, such developments may not be necessary for learning, but they help enhance student engagement. There is still a long way towards adopting best practices in simulated education, but institutions are thinking in the long term to accommodate new developments within their fiscal limits.

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