Practical skills are part of the core competencies of natural
sciences, where skills and experience are gained though extensive laboratory experimentation. However, current laboratory courses at Aalto University are burdened by a) large class sizes, b) heavy expenses for modern and safe equipment, facilities and reagents, and c) overlap with other courses setting constraints on student schedules.
Lablife3D project was created from these needs using Second Life platform to bridge the gap between theory and practice supporting contact teaching with simulations and virtual experimentation.
Via Kim Flintoff