STEM oriented remote access laboratories with distributed peer-to-peer architecture

Maiti, Ananda and Kist, Alexander A. and Maxwell, Andrew D. and Orwin, Lindy (2015) STEM oriented remote access laboratories with distributed peer-to-peer architecture. In: Online experimentation: emerging technologies and IoT. International Frequency Sensor Association Publishing, Spain, pp. 295-314. ISBN 978-84-608-6128-7


Remote Access Laboratories (RAL) are used to teach provide experimental setups about science and technology remotely. It is widely used by universities to overcome time, space and availability constraints. Such facilities allow students to access equipment through the internet in a client server mode. To make such systems usable for school education both a change of pedagogy and the underlying system is required towards an open ended distributed architecture with users having equal creative roles. Traditionally RAL is viewed as a service provided and consumed by universities and students respectively. For STEM education, the RAL technologies may be used as a tool that connects users from different areas to come together, collaborate and share ideas and experiences. This chapter focuses on the benefits and challenges of a distributed RAL as well as technical means to implement it. This allows teachers and students to create and maintain their own experimental rigs using hardware and software that may be acquired commonly such as micro-controllers units (MCU). The distributed RAL system aims to bring both the experiment building and running experience close to the users. The entire system is to be run by the users or 'maker' community. Once the makers has created and tested the equipment successfully, the experiments are online for others to access and the instruments at the experiments side must be operated from the internet by the users.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 06:18
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote laboratories; STEM education; e-learning; RALfie; enquiry based learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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