This paper briefly reviews online laboratories used in engineering education around the world, focusing on their advantages, disadvantages and current trends. Labs in various engineering disciplines are covered, including electrical, chemical, mechanical, control, computer engineering and others. Some common characteristics of such labs are discussed and latest developments presented, with emphasis on the significance of online labs in modern engineering education and to the society, in general. Based on this review and on author’s own experiences in using online software engineering labs important points in lab development and significance of their emergence and usage are touched upon from a broader perspective.
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