Expanding the concept of remote access laboratories

Kist, Alexander A. and Maxwell, Andrew Douglas and Gibbings, Peter D. (2012) Expanding the concept of remote access laboratories. In: 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition: Spurring Big Ideas in Education (ASEE 2012), 10-13 Jun 2012, San Antonio, TX. United States.


The ability of students to participate in laboratory experiences remotely through appropriate technologies has obvious utility for students who are distant from university campuses for whatever reason. This need is experienced in many faculties and this study reports on a project exploring how Remote Access Laboratory (RAL) technologies developed to enhance engineering education can be used to support learning in non technical faculties such as business, arts and education. To take this step, it is necessary to expand the traditional definitions of RAL leading to a range of interpretations of the concept of remote access laboratories; from the traditional, physical and tangible experiment, as is frequently seen in the engineering applications of RAL, to more conceptual experimentation in any form which is conducted remotely. The study focuses on five projects in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, the Discipline of Surveying and Spatial Science, and the Faculty of Education. Using a program logic framework approach, the project aims to elucidate the pedagogic logic in a range of learning situations and evaluate the usefulness of RAL in each of them. This paper argues that by expanding the concept of remote access laboratories, applications in non technical disciplines are possible and finds that the use of RAL is limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the nature of the learning objectives. It also suggests that the concepts that are currently being applied in engineering RAL applications should be re-evaluated focussing on constructive alignment. On the basis of learning affordances they provide, that these technologies deserve to be, and can be, developed for wider application across all disciplines in order to address the needs of target demographics but also because they offer exciting new ways of providing quality learning to all students.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright: American Society for Engineering Education, 2012. Paper AC 2012-5244.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 00:05
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education; laboratory sessions; remote access
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
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)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460612 Service oriented computing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21691

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