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From the very beginning of engineering education, laboratories have had a central role in the education of engineers. While there has been a lot of discussion in the perceived importance of laboratory study versus more theoretical classroom work, it has never been suggested that laboratories can be foregone completely. At times, however, they have been taken for granted to a considerable extent. With the advent of the Internet, the development of powerful simulation programs enabled by enormous, cheap computing power, and the growing number of online undergraduate engineering programs have combined to refocus attention on laboratories. The fundamental objectives developed have helped to prompt discussion about why laboratories are important and what are the characteristics of a good laboratory exercise.

Engineering is a hands-on profession where doing is key. Despite the important role of laboratories in engineering education, several engineering educators have reported that the expected benefits of laboratories on students' learning are not achieved in most of the cases. Labs should be considered as platforms for facilitating conceptual understanding, and many engineering educators considered that laboratories should also facilitate the design skills. However, constructing knowledge is a complex process which is often out of the timeframe of the planned laboratory sessions.

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