Project SimBeLT (Simulation-Based e-Learning Tools for Science, Engineering and Technology Education
is designed to develop a new generation of multilevel integrated virtual labs, that enable learners to explore
the design and operation of various devices, investigate industrial processes, and perform tasks that are similar
to those they will face at their workplace. During such task-oriented virtual experimentation, the learner is able
to call upon auxiliary simulations that help him/her understand how fundamental knowledge can be applied for solving
real technical problems. SimBeLT virtual labs promote and facilitate "learning-by-doing" and "just-in-time"
approaches and help students learn science and engineering concepts and principles in a technological context.
This equips students with transferable knowledge and skills and enables adult learners to capitalize on their
work-based experiences. "Just in time" learning of fundamental principles in the workplace context serves the needs
of returning students and workers wishing to acquire new skills.
SimBeLT's software and pedagogy provide a natural way to bridge the gap between applied knowledge and science education.
The software helps to link science content and technology education around real life technical problems.
virtual labs can be easily incorporated into existing technical and engineering curricula. The project, focuses on virtual labs and experiments on heat transfer and thermodynamics, fiber optics and photonics, and hydraulics. Along with simulations, SimBeLT virtual labs incorporate student guides, worksheets, embedded assessment tools and interactive lessons.
Virtual activities and assessment can be tailored to a particular curriculum, learning objectives and student audience/backgrounds.