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an immersive learning experience...
The Virtual Engineering Sciences Learning Lab (VESLL) project is establishing an online interactive learning environment built around a functional laboratory designed to introduce students to engineering concepts through visualization and collaborative problem solving. Our long-term vision also includes creating a virtual version of a science museum such as the Pacific Science Center in Seattle or the California Science Center in Los Angeles that provides virtual visitors the opportunity to delve into engineering concepts and maintain a sense of excitement about the concepts they experience.

VESLL enhances student learning via multi-modal pedagogical strategies while increasing student engagement through its welcoming, dynamic environment, designed to be conducive to women and other diverse audiences.

As part of an initiative to move engineering education into the 21st Century, VESLL represents an exploration of the many benefits of virtual learning environments, including enhanced opportunities for visualization, immediate feedback, student autonomy, increased access to resources without the demands of co-presence, multiple communication channels for student interaction with peers and instructors, and innovative ways to evaluate student learning.

about the project...

IEECI: Encouraging Diversity in Engineering through a Virtual Engineering Sciences Learning Lab. NSF Proposal no.0935100, 2009
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 093510. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project can be visited by joining and logging into Second Life™ and searching for "LMU Engineering Island."

For future workshops,
contact the VESLL project staff

Meetings - Tuesday afternoons @ 1 p.m.



recent workshops

July 18th and July 21st 2012
Held at Loyola Marymount University
Contact saugust@lmu.edu for details


for questions about the project contact...

August, Stephanie E.,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science saugust@lmu.edu

Hammers, Michele L.
Department of Communication Studies


© S.E. August, 6 JUN 2011 Contact vesll@lmu.edu