Home > Published Issues > 2022 > Volume 11, No. 5, September 2022 >
IJEETC 2022 Vol.11(5): 373-384
doi: 10.18178/ijeetc.11.5.373-384

Investigation of Engineering Students’ Attitude towards Virtual Labs during the COVID-19 Distance Education

Boris Evstatiev 1, Teodora Hristova 2, and Katerina Gabrovska-Evstatieva 3
1. Department of Electronics, University of Ruse Angel Kanchev, Ruse, Bulgaria
2. Dept. of Automation of Production Systems, University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
3. Department of Computer Science, University of Ruse Angel Kanchev, Ruse, Bulgaria

Abstract—This study aims to assess engineering students’ experience with virtual labs (VLs) during the COVID-19 distant education. It is based on a questionnaire that was prepared and distributed to students from two Bulgarian universities. The data is used to assess the efficiency of the different instructional delivery methods, the impact of VLs on the respondents' motivation, as well as their vision regarding the future of VLs in the post-COVID educational system. The obtained results indicate that students in different engineering areas have a different attitude towards VLs and even though their motivation is influenced positively, the majority expects face-to-face labs to be dominating over virtual ones.
Index Terms—Distance education, engineering education, motivation, virtual labs

Cite: Boris Evstatiev, Teodora Hristova, and Katerina Gabrovska-Evstatieva, "Investigation of Engineering Students' Attitude towards Virtual Labs during the COVID-19 Distance Education," International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 373-384, September 2022. Doi: 10.18178/ijeetc.11.5.373-384

Copyright © 2022 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the article is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.