Olin Campbell, John R. Bourne, Pieter J. Mosterman, Mahmood Nahvi, Rassa Rassai, Arthur J. Brodersen, Martine Dawant


Online learners can study at convenient times and collaborate with others online, but usually can not come to physical labs. We investigated the use of simulated electronics laboratories to increase access and decrease trips to a physical lab. Students were assigned to either physical labs or to a combination of simulated and physical labs. Students using combined virtual and physical labs performed as well as those using only physical labs on both written and physical lab tests. This evidence supports the use of virtual labs to replace some physical labs, including the use of virtual labs for online learners.


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