A Moodle extension to book online labs


  • Jose M. M. Ferreira University of Porto, FEUP, Portugal
  • Antonio C. Cardoso University of Porto, FEUP, Portugal




The social constructivist philosophy of Moodle makes it an excellent choice to deliver e-learning contents that require collaborative activities, such as those that are associated with online labs. In the case of online labs that enable web access to real devices (remote workbenches), access time should be reserved beforehand. A booking tool will avoid access conflicts and at the same time will help the students to organise their time and activities. This paper presents a Moodle extension that was developed within the Leonardo da Vinci MARVEL project, with the objective of meeting this requirement. The booking tool presented enables resource sharing in general and may be used to organise access to any type of scarce resources, such as to online labs and to the videoconferencing rooms that are needed to support collaborative activities.

Author Biographies

Jose M. M. Ferreira, University of Porto, FEUP, Portugal

J. M. Martins Ferreira received his MSc / PhD degrees from the University of Porto (FEUP) respectively in 1987 and 1992. He is currently an Associate Professor (Professor Associado com Agregação) at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of FEUP. He is the author of one book on Digital Systems Design (ISBN 972-752-032-4). URL: http://www.fe.up.pt/~jmf. Research interests: Remote / mixed-reality experimentation in e-learning. Reconfigurable computing. Design for test. Academic rank: Associate Professor

Antonio C. Cardoso, University of Porto, FEUP, Portugal

Antonio Cardoso is a research assistant at FEUP, where he works in the development of remote experimentation resources for pedagogical applications.




How to Cite

Ferreira, J. M. M., & Cardoso, A. C. (2005). A Moodle extension to book online labs. International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), 1(2). https://doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v1i2.307