Using remote labs to serve different teacher's needs: A case study with VISIR and RemotElectLab

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): André Fidalgo, Gustavo Alves, Maria A. Marques, Maria C. Viegas, Maria C. Costa-Lobo, Unai Hernández, Javier García-Zubia, Ingvar Gustavsson
Title: Using remote labs to serve different teacher's needs: A case study with VISIR and RemotElectLab
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation, REV
Year: 2012
Pagination: Article number6293149
ISBN: 978-146732542-4
Publisher: IEEE
City: Bilbao
URI/DOI: 10.1109/REV.2012.6293149
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Electrical Engineering (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - Avd. för elektroteknik)
School of Engineering S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
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.
Subject: Signal Processing\General
Keywords: Learning Goals; Real-World Scenarios; Remote Labs