What is an online laboratory?

The online labs aim at supporting inquiry learning and providing the possibility to conduct scientific experiments in a virtual environment. Online laboratories can be of two kinds. Remotely-operated educational labs (remote labs) provide students an opportunity to collect data from a real physical laboratory setup, including real equipment, from remote locations. As an alternative there are virtual labs that simulate the real equipment. Remote and virtual labs both have specific advantages for learning and can be combined to support specific learning activities.