OLabs Makes Virtual Science-lab Experiments Possible
With every other thing going the online way, science students can now perform their laboratory experiments online. You might not believe this, but yes this is possible with a unique eLearning programme called OLabs (http://www.onlinelabs.edu.in) launched on Tuesday to mark the Good Governance Day by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.The OLabs enables high school students to perform virtual science-lab experiments online.
Olabs – short for “Online Labs” – has been developed by Amrita CREATE (Center of Research in Advanced Technologies for Education), an educational technology research initiative of Amrita University under the guidance of the university’s chancellor, Mata Amritanandamayi, in association with CDAC, Mumbai, under a research grant from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
Online Labs is based on the idea that lab experiments can be taught using the Internet more efficiently and less expensively. The labs can also be made available to students with no access to physical labs or where equipment is not available owing to it being scare or costly. Online Labs’ technology has an offline tablet-based component, which ultimately will allow teachers being trained to take the Labs into remote villages where Internet connectivity may not be available.
Commenting on the launch Vice Chancellor of Amrita University, Dr. Venkat Rangan said: “Olabs will help students better understand complex science concepts and build a scientific temper.” OLabs is officially endorsed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as a teaching aid for all its schools. It will also be available in Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi and offered in both urban and rural schools. Under this nationwide initiative, 30,000 teachers across all states in India will be provided free training to teach students how to use OLabs. The eLearning programme will be hosted on the National Knowledge Network (NKN) to support its scaling to millions of students across the country.