Very few universities around the world are innovative enough to make great ideas come true. Starting in January 2022, Dublin city University will implement a series of virtual labs to train students in the use of specialized equipment for chemical engineering. Developed by PNX Labs, the first set of virtual labs will allow students to learn the experimentation procedures to analyze substances using ion chromatography instruments. These instruments are not just expensive but require very careful handling and operation. Students are usually supervised by experienced graduate students or lab technicians. By implementing VR Simulations, DCU students will be able to learn to use these chemistry instruments in a risk-free environment and speed the training process so they can be ready go into the physical lab much faster.
Immersive and innovative digital tools such as 3D learning environments, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality facilitate experiential learning that allows students to grasp theoretical concepts faster and in greater depth. Immersive learning enhances the learning process by adding content that is interactive and engaging, allowing for experimentation, practice, and learning by doing. This greatly appeals to an insatiable curiosity residing in young learners, and due to the possibility of multiple instances of connecting with key concepts, enables learners to work at their own pace and to their level of proficiency.
Using our proprietary platform, the simulations not only carry a full set of immersive features such as VR intructions and widgets to help students and professors to get the grasp of VR much faster. The simulations include real time data generation which can then be obtained in excel format for further analysis.
The Oculus Quest 2 will be the hardware for these labs and any student who has access to a Oculus device can request his/her own license. Virtual labs will not only allow students to learn but will also open the doors for future online learning platforms. Nowadays education faces several challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis faced by several nations. This will increase the adoption of virtual labs since they are the only mean to educate students in STEM programs where laboratory experiences are important.
At PNX Labs we are fully committed to deliver the best customized virtual labs in the market. By using our proprietary platform, we have been able to develop over 1000 Virtual experiments since April 2020 to help universities around to continue with their education agenda.
Starting in September Lamar University in Texas will use for the first time a series of Virtual Labs for Engineering. Students will be able to do multiple experiments in both Windows PCs and VR Headsets, perform calculations, record data and modify key variables with real instrument models. All the data used to develop the simulations was gathered from real experimentation so students and professors can be confident the same data generated by the virtual labs will math that of the real world.
Starting in September 2021 the Florida International University will make use for the first time of a series of Virtual Labs for Engineering. Students will be able to do multiple experiments in both windows and HTML platforms, perform calculations, record data and modify key variables with real instrument models. All the data used to develop the simulations was gathered from real experimentation performed by the faculty so students and professors can be confident the same data generated by the virtual labs will match that of the real world. Some of the experiments that were developed by PNX Labs for FIU are the following: