Redefining Laboratory Instruction using Virtual Laboratory

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Janardhanan Gangathulasi
National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research - Chennai
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The fundamental principle of engineering is to prepare the students to practice engineering and to deal with the forces and materials of nature. In the good old days, instructional laboratories were important and integral part of the undergraduate engineering education. In the present scenario, unfortunately laboratory instruction is not getting proper attention, due to various factors especially mismatch in the structuring of laboratory instruction.


The main aim of laboratory education is to fulfill:


a)     It should corroborate class room teaching to verify experimentally various theoretical deductions and to illustrate the applications of basic principles.


b)     From the laboratory courses, the student is supposed to acquire a knowledge of various test equipment’s, different components, usual measuring techniques, a few specialized testing and measuring techniques and concept of error evaluation.


c)      It should develop in the students a certain mechanical aptitude, and a feeling for physical magnitude of the things.


d)     A laboratory program should aim at developing in a student a clear understanding of the gap between ideal models and actual systems.


 In this course, participants will be exposed to use of ICT tools in the laboratory instruction and provided greater insight about the use of Virtual laboratory in the instruction.  Based on the various case studies and knowledge reinforcement, at the end of the course participants will design and develop the laboratory instruction using virtual laboratory. Explore the techniques to enhance the student engagement and achievement in the laboratory.


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Janardhanan Gangathulasi


Dr. G. Janardhanan, Associate Professor & Head i/c , Centre for Environmental Management . He has been working in the domain of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sustainable development, Instructional technologies and Teaching – Learning Practices. He has coordinated more than 100 training programmes both Nationally and Internationally in the area of Sustainable Development, Green building concepts, Water Quality Analysis, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Blended and Flipped Classroom, Technology Enabled Teaching Learning, Student Evaluation and Instructional Design and Delivery. He has transformed through training more than 260 international participants and 2500 plus national participants. He has developed virtual laboratory for environmental engineering laboratory and handled several national and international projects in the area of engineering, technology and Engineering Education.

Dr. V. Shanmuganeethi, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He has been working in the domain of web technologies, Cloud computing, programming Paradigm, Instructional technologies and Teaching – Learning Practices and Principles. He has coordinated more than 150 training programmes on CSE discipline and Engineering Education.

Dr. K. S. A. Dinesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering. He has been working in the domain of Structural Engineering, Geographical Information System, Sustainable development, Smart City, Instructional technologies and Teaching – Learning Practices and Principles. He has coordinated more than 100 training programmes on Sustainable Development, Green building and Engineering Education. He has developed various projects for Engineering Education includes e-content development and Virtual Laboratory.


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