From individual Remote Access Laboratory implementations to institutional learning tools

Kist, Alexander A. and Gibbings, Peter and Maxwell, Andrew (2013) From individual Remote Access Laboratory implementations to institutional learning tools. In: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2013), 13-15 Mar 2013, Berlin, Germany.


Information and Communication Technologies have become a critical part of distance education and Remote Access Laboratories (RAL) have been widely discussed in the research community. However, RAL technology is not as prevalent as other electronic learning tools. This study identifies considerations for the wider implementation, uptake and embedding of the Remote Access Laboratory system as an online learning tool across universities. The study explores whether and how the benefits offered by the RAL system can be extended to students in other disciplines and faculties, with a view to creating more equitable opportunities for student learning across the university. Investigating four learning activities in three different disciplines, evaluation questions in the areas of appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability are addressed. The study concludes that the RAL approach is sufficiently open and flexible to suite a variety of learning objectives and pedagogies in a number of contexts. Some wider issues are significant to the uptake of RAL and this evaluation highlights main considerations to be addressed if RAL implementations are to occur more broadly across universities as learning systems.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 IEEE. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2014 08:42
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning system; practical learning activities; Remote Access Laboratory
Fields of Research : 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
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/EduCon.2013.6530254

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