Learning Mechatronics Using Digital Live Labs
Paper in proceeding, 2022

Practical skills training in laboratories are important elements and learning outcomes in engineering education, where leaners, through exploration, experimentation and reflection engage in inquiry-based learning that stimulate the acquisition of deep conceptual domain knowledge and inquiry skills. Traditional lab environments are very costly to maintain, partly unsafe and often require proximity of instructors and/or students that is in conflict with the Covid-19-driven need for physical/social distancing. In this paper, we describe and evaluate a course in logic control that used online labs both in pure online and in hybrid format. Students reported very high satisfaction with all three formats and achieved similar learning performances. However, qualitative analyses indicate that student learning is deeper and more authentic in the on-campus and hybrid formats compared to the pure online format. Teacher reflections show an overall positive impression of online labs. In conclusion, we recommend the hybrid format as it combines the benefits of online and physical labs, i.e., the flexibility of online laboratory work and realism of hands-on physical laboratory work.

Hybrid teaching


Logic control

Standards 5

Digital live labs

Online labs

Online learning



Veronica Olesen

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Systems and control

Christian Stöhr

Chalmers, Communication and Learning in Science, Engineering Education Research

Mikael Enelund

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics

Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Proceedings of the 18th International CDIO Conference

978-9935-9655-6-1 (ISBN)

18th International CDIO Conference
Reykjavik, Iceland,

Prameco - Practicing Mechanical Engineering Online

European Commission (EC) (2020-1-DE01-KA226-HE-005760), 2021-06-01 -- 2023-01-31.

Subject Categories




Control Engineering

Areas of Advance


Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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