Hosting and sharing your own remote experiments with RALfie – an open ended experiment design experience

Kist, Alexander A. and Maiti, Ananda and Maxwell, Andrew and Orwin, Lindy and Wu, Ting and Albion, Peter and Burtenshaw, Ryan (2016) Hosting and sharing your own remote experiments with RALfie – an open ended experiment design experience. International Journal of Online Engineering, 12 (4). pp. 40-42. ISSN 1868-1646

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Remote Access Laboratories (RAL) are online platforms for performing experiments from remote locations usually following a centralised service oriented paradigm. This short article presents RALfie - Remote Access Laboratories for Fun, Innovation and Education using a peer-to-peer RAL architecture where some participants or makers can create, host and share experiments for other users. The system is built upon a VPN service that establishes end-to-end connections between learner and makers’ experiential rigs. A graphical programming platform - SNAP is the basis of programming and designing the interface with the experimental rig. The experiments are then shard using a quest-based learning strategy that presents the experiments as a set of hierarchical groups of activities or quests. This distributed design of RAL allows more hands-on experience to build experimentals setup and provides opportunities to collaborate with fellow peers. The environment is suitable foe STEM Education. This approach requires the makers among the users to create and host the experiments, which demand certain responsibilities and offers new learning opportunities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available under open access.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 04:28
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 04:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote laboratories; STEM education; makers
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.v12i04.5101

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