Virtual Labs are intended to augment the learning of science and engineering subjects through performing experiments. The experiments are designed either as simulations or as remote triggered. A remote triggered lab allows a user to connect to real equipment using a web browser. There are currently around 150 and labs and 1500 experiments at various stages of development and deployment. They are currently hosted at vlabs.ac.in. Virtual Labs is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resources, India.
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are two types of Virtual Labs:
Simulation Based Virtual Labs: In these Virtual Labs, the experiments are modeled using mathematical equations. The simulations are carried out remotely at a high end server, and the results are communicated to the student over the internet. This class of Virtual Labs, at best, mimics the real-world scenarios/experiments. Simulation based Virtual Labs are scalable and can cater to a large number of simultaneous users.
Remote Triggered Virtual Labs: In these Virtual Labs, the actual experiments are triggered remotely. The output of the experiment (being conducted remotely) is communicated back to the student over the internet. This class of Virtual Labs, gives the student the output of real-time experiments. Remote Triggered Virtual Labs are difficult to scale and can cater to a limited number of users. Typically, time-slots are booked before conducting such experiments.
The intended beneficiaries of the projects are:
All Virtual Labs can be accessed through a common website: www.vlabs.ac.in. At the user end, a PC and broadband connectivity enables the user to access Virtual Labs.
Yes, it is free of cost to the user.
System configuration required for running Virtual Labs:
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If Internet network operates behind a firewall, the communication ports to facilitate VLab network traffic should be open. Specifically ports 3306, 5900, 5902, and 8700 will need to be opened.
Virtual Labs are divided into two categories, namely remote triggered labs and the simulation based labs. You can use the remote triggered labs, as per the time mentioned on the website. The simulation based labs are available 24x7 including weekends.
Virtual Lab project provides a complete Leaning Management System. For most users, Virtual Lab provides all the relevant material at one place including the Objectives of the Experiment, Procedure, Lab manual, Pre- and Post-experiment quizzes, additional Lab resources, in addition to the Virtual Lab experiment. Most labs also have an associated question bank.
As mentioned earlier,
Virtual Labs are divided into two
categories: simulation based labs and
remote triggered labs. Registration
requirements are different for the two
Simulation based Labs: All labs can be directly accessed by following the lab links on the web page.
Remote Triggered Labs: To access a remote triggered lab, a user has to book a slot. For booking a slot, you have to register yourself first and then book a slot from the slot chart. All the available /booked slots can be viewed on this chart. Once a request for slot-booking is made, all the information regarding the user id, password and the slot booked will be sent to the user’s email address provided by the user at the time of registration. Once registered, a user can login using the same credentials every time. This registration has to be done by the user separately for each of the remote triggered virtual labs.
Virtual Lab is a complete Learning Management System. All the relevant information including the theory, lab-manual, additional web-resources, video-lectures, animated demonstrations and self-evaluation are available at a common place. Virtual Labs can be used in a complementary fashion to augment the efficacy of theory-based lectures. Small projects can also be carried out using some of the Virtual Labs. Virtual Labs can be effectively used to give lab-demonstrations to large classes.
In order to derive maximum learning experience, the users are advised to first read all the instructions for conducting the labs. There are 'step-by-step' instructions available in each lab to assist the users.
Virtual Labs will provide to the students the result of an experiment by one of the following methods (or possibly a combination):
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You can email your concerns/queries to the Virtual Labs team at email@example.com.
Drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Questions (and Answers).