Integrating enquiry-based learning pedagogies and remote access laboratory for STEM education

Maiti, Ananda and Maxwell, Andrew D. and Kist, Alexander A. and Orwin, Lindy (2014) Integrating enquiry-based learning pedagogies and remote access laboratory for STEM education. In: 4th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference: Engineering Education Towards Openness and Sustainability (EDUCON 2014), 3-5 Apr 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.


Remote Access Laboratories (RAL) provide access to state-of-the-art science experiments and are capable of giving its users increased learning opportunities. These environments, if used in schools, can be highly effective in increasing students' interest and skill in science knowledge and their communication and design skills. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an interdisciplinary approach to encourage school level students to study fields related to STEM and is now a top challenge worldwide. However, the prevalent RAL technologies were developed for, and more suitable to, undergraduate engineering education. The limited operational autonomy and opportunities for collaboration restricts development of design skills and team-work, both necessary component of STEM education in schools. In this paper, different ways to expand the features of RAL to make it suitable for enquiry based learning in STEM is discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 IEEE. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 03:01
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 04:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: elearning; enquiry-based learning; instructional design; remote laboratories; STEM
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
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/EDUCON.2014.6826171

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