Inception and management of remote access laboratory projects

Kist, Alexander A. and Gibbings, Peter (2010) Inception and management of remote access laboratory projects. In: AaeE 2010: Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Practical experiments and laboratory exercises form an integral part of Engineering education programs and are a requirement for program accreditation. To provide off-campus (external/distance) students with practical learning experiences equivalent to that of their on-campus peers is both logistically difficult and resource intensive. A project was undertaken to provide all students with remote access to video-supported laboratory experimentation to allow students, regardless of location, to actively engage in contextual action-oriented learning and achieve course objectives with less emphasis on attending on-campus training sessions. The manner of design and implementation, and the management of research and scholarship, surrounding this project were informed by past experiences. This paper demonstrates the importance of consultation with all key stakeholders throughout the project life cycle and presents key components for the success of such projects. This approach is particularly relevant in situations where project management does not have line management over all members of the project team, often the case in university environments. The unique process followed by this Remote Access Laboratory implementation project represents a successful model that may well be followed by others.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Alexander Kist
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 02:07
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote access laboratory
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18275

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