An Innovative Remote-Lab Framework for Educational Experimentation
Keywords:architectures for educational technology system, computer-mediated communication, human-computer interface, distance education and tele-learning
This paper describes a flexible and scalable architecture of remote laboratories developed for students for experimentation in educational institutions, research labs and technology companies. The framework and procedures for multi-remote labs environment are explained. The development of the lab client software as a Rich Internet Application (RIA) is described. The utilization of low-cost hardware and software packages to provide the interface to the labs equipment is shown, and the deployment of Web Services as the communication medium between the Lab Server and the Lab Client is presented.A case study for a remote lab, the Microcontroller Kit Remote IDE, was carried out. Any student can connect to the remote lab and performs each experiment while watching the equipment during execution via a webcam feed. The whole lab is accessible from any PC connected to the internet.
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