Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) has taken new initiative on Online Labs-Virtual Experiments (OLabs), students would now be able to perform science experiments virtually and also many theoretical concepts in sciences in a better manner.
Online Labs for School Experiments (OLabs) is a novel e-Learning project developed by CDAC,Mumbai and Amrita University, Kerala and based on the concept of virtual learning environment.OLabs works on web environment and provides experience in online practical science experiments.
It has been developed for the students of classes IX and X, to enhance their understanding of experimentation concepts. The content is mapped and aligned to the CBSE curriculum for classes IX and X.
OLabs includes the study and use of mathematical techniques to demonstrate the various complex functions in diverse areas of science. The experiments are demonstrated using interactive simulations based on mathematical models, videos and rich interactive animations to create real world environments.
OLabs will help overcome the limitations faced by some students in a few schools in India due to either insufficient time or instruments in laboratories. It is also capable of assessing a student’s observations, procedural and reporting skills, and will allow teachers to track the student usage, thus making learning more effective.
To understand these OLabs, ERNET (Education and Research Network) India appointed by department of electronics and IT would provide one-day training free of cost to teachers of all the CBSE affiliated schools region wise in two phases. In the first phase, ERNET will train around 1,250 master trainers who will in turn give training to other teachers in second phase. Two teachers per school will be trained and a total of 30,000 teachers will be trained under this project.
Schools have been asked to nominate two teachers for training of master trainers.