Features, trends and characteristics of remote access laboratory management systems

Maiti, Ananda and Maxwell, Andrew D. and Kist, Alexander A. (2014) Features, trends and characteristics of remote access laboratory management systems. International Journal of Online Engineering, 10 (2). 30­-37. ISSN 1868-1646

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Remote Access Laboratories are being used around the globe to enable engineering students to practice practical skills and enhance their knowledge through hands-on experimentation. These facilities also increase access by allowing users to undertake experiments anywhere anytime thus offering more flexibility and mobility. Several RAL systems have successfully met these goals. However, the role of experiment designers has rarely being explored or expanded since the conception of RAL systems. Experiments are designed and put on internet by a small group of experts in their respective fields. While these systems have been successful for universities where experts and suitable environment are available, they have rarely been used in the schools; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. As the pedagogical design is now seen as a critical development in the instigation of new experiments, any RAL for STEM education initiative must address pedagogical considerations from the onset. In this paper, the common attributes of the leading RAL systems are discussed and the basic denominators are identified to establish common feature that are widely implemented in RAL systems. Limitations for their use in STEM education are analysed. The paper concludes that RAL architectures need to incorporate new aspects such as the peer-to-peer access paradigm in order to become viable STEM-based education tools.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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 / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 05:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 03:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote laboratories; e-learning; computer networks; web technologies; instrumentation
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
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: 10.3991/ijoe.v10i2.3221
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27361

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