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Development of e-learning -learning management systems and virtual laboratories

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The article discusses one of the most widely used e-learning environments and existing virtual laboratories. It compares the different functionalities of e-learning environments and the capabilities of individual virtual laboratories. The results are presented in tabular and graphical form. The conclusions of the article show how the functionalities of the e-learning environments would be useful in virtual laboratories and especially in the development of e-learning.

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