Infrastructure for remotely accessible laboratories at the University of Southern Queensland

Ahfock, Tony and Buttsworth, David and Phythian, Mark and Maxwell, Andrew (2008) Infrastructure for remotely accessible laboratories at the University of Southern Queensland. In: 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2008): To Industry and Beyond, 7-10 Dec 2008, Yeppoon, Australia.

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Technological developments during the last two decades have made it possible for educational institutions to establish systems for the remote access of hardware and software resources. Teaching staff have come to recognise the benefits of laboratories that can be remotely accessed. Remote access of hardware and software resources is of particular interest to the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) because of its high proportion of distance mode students. Work towards setting up remotely accessible laboratories at USQ started in 2007. This paper reports on the University's remote laboratory communication infrastructure and the reasoning behind its configuration. It also provides details of the various techniques that are being used for interfacing with laboratory hardware. The paper includes a discussion on the initial experience of staff and students using the remote access system and what is being done to improve user experience.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © Tony Ahfock, David Buttsworth, Mark Phythian and Andrew Maxwell, 2008. 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: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2009 03:18
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 05:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote labs; remotely accessible laboratories; University of Southern Queensland
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080603 Conceptual Modelling
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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