Qualitatively different ways students experience remote access laboratories

Gibbings, Peter (2014) Qualitatively different ways students experience remote access laboratories. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30 (5). pp. 1120-1129. ISSN 0949-149X

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This paper reports variations in students' experience of using remote access laboratories (RAL). Outcomes describe what students are actually attending to when engaged in RAL activities. The research was informed by the well-accepted and documented qualitative research method of phenomenography. Four qualitatively different conceptions are described, each revealing characteristics of increasingly complex student experiences. These conceptions reveal increasing awareness of certain aspects of RAL, the most notable of which is how the realness of the activity affects student engagement from simple experimentation to an appreciation that linking theory with practice provides a rich learning experience and can prepare them for professional work. The research outcomes inform pedagogy by providing a platform for improving RAL development and facilitation practices and thereby improving student learning outcomes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with permission of Editor. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2014 22:11
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 00:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote access laboratories; RAL; phenomenography; online learning
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25945

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