Collaborative Learning in Engineering Remote Laboratories

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Andrew Nafalski, Jan Machotka, Zorica Nedic, Özdemir Göl, A. Scarino, J. Crichton, Ingvar Gustavsson, José M.M. Ferreira, D. Lowe, S. Murray
Title: Collaborative Learning in Engineering Remote Laboratories
Conference name: Sixth International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV)
Year: 2009
Publisher: International Assocciation of Online Engineering
City: Bridgeport, USA
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: This paper reports on practices in national and international on-line cooperation in engineering remote laboratories (RLs) to support student collaborative activities. A structured aid enables them, in addition to acquiring technical skills and knowledge, to develop intercultural communication skills and the global perspectives sought by their profession. The concept of a Community of Practice (CoP) is a central pedagogical consideration for collaborative learning and is discussed in the paper. After reviewing practices of others, an emphasis will be placed on a team-based laboratory environment of NetLab – a remote laboratory framework created at the University of South Australia (UniSA).
Subject: Signal Processing\General
Keywords: Collaborative learning, Communities of practice, Experiential learning, Remote laboratories