Students access a web-based online laboratory (V-Lab) to
help them prepare to use particular fitness testing equipment.
V-Lab provides background information about each particular
fitness area, photographs of various testing equipment, procedural
information about how to conduct a particular fitness test
and a data-processing facility where students can calculate
results and submit them to a dynamic database.
The sequence of activities students conduct is as follows:
- Students work through the information provided in V-lab
about each area of fitness (that is, they study the background
information, photographs of testing equipment and procedural
information about how to conduct various fitness tests).
- Students apply the knowledge (gained from studying the
information in V-Lab) by conducting a series of tests using
the actual equipment in the real laboratory.
- Students calculate the results of their tests using the
V-Lab data processing facility and submit their results
in the V-Lab data processing database facility for the purpose
of comparing their test results to both those of their classmates
and to accepted national normative data.
- Results are used to provide class normative data analysed
according to gender and age. Individual results are also
compared to national normative data. Students are then requested
to summarise this information into a client fitness test
This 4-step sequence is repeated for each area of fitness,
thus students learn about all aspects of fitness in V-Lab
before they conduct the fitness tests in the real
The web site, face-to-face tutors and other academic and
support staff support students throughout this 4-step process.
The use of V-Lab has created efficiencies in delivery of
unit material as students are able to spend less time in the
actual laboratory and they are better prepared for real laboratory