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A Database And User Interface Design For A Remote Accessible Engineering Laboratory

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Laboratory and Internship Innovations in IT/IS

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Information Systems

Page Count

10

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12.30.1 - 12.30.10

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Xiaoxi Martin Western Carolina University

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Xiaoxi Martin received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Western Carolina University. Currently she is a Master of Science in technology student with the Department of Engineering and Technology at the Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering, and Technology, Western Carolina University.

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Brant Price Western Carolina University

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Brant Price received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Western Carolina University. Currently he is a Master of Science in technology student with the Department of Engineering and Technology at the Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering, and Technology, Western Carolina University.

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James Zhang Western Carolina University

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JAMES Z. ZHANG is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University. Dr. Zhang's research interests include Communications Theory, Wireless Networks, Bandwidth Efficient Modulation Schemes, Signal Design and Information Coding, and Digital Signal Processing Techniques for Communications. Dr. Zhang is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASEE.

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Duane Dunlap Western Carolina University

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DUANE D. DUNLAP is professor and dean, Kimmel School of Construction Management,
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Carolina University, and program chair of the Graduate Studies Division of the American Society
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Robert Adams Western Carolina University

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ROBERT ADAMS is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology in the Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University. His research interests include mathematical modeling of electrocardiographic applications, 3D modeling, and digital signal processing. Dr. Adams is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASEE.

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A Database and User Interface Design for a Remote Accessible Engineering Laboratory

Xiaoxi Martin, Brant Price, James Zhang, Duane Dunlap, Robert Adams

Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering and Technology Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Abstract

In an effort to further improve learning effectiveness and flexibility for engineering and technology students, Kimmel School graduate students are implementing a remotely accessible engineering laboratory based on previous research results [1], [2]. Designing a remote-accessed engineering laboratory can eliminate the unnecessary need for transportation of laboratory equipment, reduce the cost of software licensing, and provide flexible scheduling for student laboratory exercises.

The overall project involves four major components: remotely controllable lab equipment, information transfer over the networks, student knowledge assessment tools, and a relational database and user interface design. Our paper focuses on the design and educational values of a relational database and user interface.

Introduction

Through the use of teleconferencing, a relational database and user interface can be used to link two or more sites together for instruction [3]. For operations such as distance learning, a relational database and user interface is critical for effective communication. Communications infrastructures, such as the internet, could be utilized to fit the project’s application. In the future, remote learning technologies will be highly utilized and much more complex [4]. The internet and wireless networks are advancing technologies for the electronics information industry [5]. The web offers a cost effective, accessible and reliable communications medium [6]. Consequently, the technology could have more advanced functionality, satisfying the requirements of a distance learning project. The use of the internet has allowed remote education to excel to a new level of quality [7]. By adding laboratory experimentation to remote education, the experience can be greatly improved [6]. Remote laboratory experimentation allows flexible laboratory time. If a student is separated from an instructor by either space or time, the student can participate in a course on-line [8].

Figure 1 shows a system block diagram of the project. Database development is essential to the success of this project. Two databases were designed in this project using MySQL Front, an open-source product. The first database stores data for the pre-lab exercises and tutorials that help fulfill the students’ learning objectives. This database also consists of several fields that will contain the student scores from the pre-lab exercises for assessment purposes. The second database contains the student information, which includes student name, student ID, lab number, and the time elapsed for conducting a laboratory experiment. This information will be used to provide statistical data to assess the students’ learning effectiveness over time. Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright®2007, American Society for Engineering Education

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