Remote access laboratories in Australia and Europe

Ku, H. and Ahfock, T. and Yusaf, T. (2011) Remote access laboratories in Australia and Europe. European Journal of Engineering Education, 36 (3). pp. 253-268. ISSN 0304-3797

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Remote access laboratories (RALs) were first developed in 1994 in Australia. The main purposes of developing them are to enable students to do their experiments at their own pace, time and locations, and to enable students and teaching staff to get access to facilities beyond their institutions. Currently, most of the experiments carried out through RALs are heavily biased to electrical, electronic and computer engineering disciplines. RALs in different Australian and European universities were mentioned and their pros and cons were also discussed. It can be argued that RALs will develop further and faster in the future with improving Internet technology; the rising costs of real experimental equipment will also speed up their development because by making the equipment remote accessible, the cost can be shared by more universities or institutions and this will improve their cost-effectiveness. Their development would be particularly rapid in large counties with small population like Australia, Canada and Russia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2011 05:38
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 04:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote access laboratories; Australia; Europe; web-based access; LabVIEW; SCADA; iLab
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2011.578244

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