Using Remote Labs to Serve Different Teacher?s Needs - A Case Study with VISIR and RemotElectLab

Andre Vaz Fidalgo, Gustavo Ribeiro Alves, Maria Arcelina Marques, Maria Clara Viegas, Maria Cristina Costa-Lobo, Unai Hernandez, Javier Garcia-Zubia, Ingvar Gustavsson

Abstract


Remote Laboratories are an emergent technological and pedagogical tool at all education levels, and their widespread use is an important part of their own improvement and evolution. This paper describes several issues encountered on laboratorial classes, on higher education courses, when using remote laboratories based on PXI systems, either using the VISIR system or an alternate in-house solution. Three main issues are presented and explained, all reported by teachers that gave support to students use of remote laboratories. The first issue deals with the need to allow students to select the actual place where an ammeter is to be inserted on electric circuits, even incorrectly, therefore emulating real world difficulties. The second one deals with problems with timing when several measurements are required at short intervals, as in the discharge cycle of a capacitor. And the last issue deals with the use of a multimeter in DC mode when reading AC values, a use that collides with the lab settings. All scenarios are presented and discussed including the solution found for each case. The conclusion derived from the described work is that the remote laboratories area is an expanding field, where practical use leads to improvement and evolution of the available solutions, requiring a strict cooperation and information sharing between all actors, i.e. developers, teachers and students.

Keywords


Learning Goals; Real-World Scenarios; Remote Labs

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International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE).ISSN: 1861-2121
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