Integration of Virtual Laboratories in eLearning: Enhancing Science Education amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Conference: The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)
Title: Integration of Virtual Laboratories in eLearning: Enhancing Science Education amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Stream: Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Charena Mae L. Tabigue, Bukidnon State University, Philippines
Thessa Grace C. Abao, Bukidnon State University, Philippines
Gwynn Roland, JR. G. Cantery, Bukidnon State University, Philippines
Earl Lyndon G. Caballero, Bukidnon State University, Philippines


The effectiveness of virtual laboratory during the new normal education is a great challenge for both educators and students which indicates that education must continue amidst the health crisis. The study determined the experiences of eight Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Science students of the Bukidnon State University, College of Education, in virtual laboratory activities amid COVID-19 pandemic during academic year 2020-2021. This qualitative action research utilized a descriptive phenomenological research approach of Husserl since it deals with the experiences of the learners in science related activities. The open-ended questions were adapted and modified from the study of Reece (2015). It collected data through interviews via Online Platform. The researchers analyzed the response of the students to come up with generalizations regarding their learning experiences when engaging virtual laboratory using qualitative descriptions by utilizing themes and frames. The study identified six emerging themes from the data such as learner autonomy, preparation required for lab activities, evidence of student learning, presentation, collaboration, and motivation to learn science. More so, virtual laboratory is safe, provides alternative space, allows to save time, and it saves money for both teachers and students. Immensely, it allows students to explore online simulations. Integration of virtual laboratory is a strategic way of promoting a conducive learning environment to fill the gaps in students’ learning despite the pandemic. Hence, it offers constructive and versatile learning environment which made them realized the importance of Science and Technology and its essential role for advancing safer community.

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