July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Electrical and Computer
This paper describes a framework for enabling students to remotely interact with laboratory computers and equipment for traditional, in-person laboratory courses. This framework was developed due to the closure of campus facilities and the transition to remote course delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This transition was particularly difficult for hands-on laboratory courses. The laboratory course used as a test-case for the framework was an IoT Edge Computing design course that had an on-campus laboratory equipped with workstation computers, development boards, isolated network segments, and custom sensor hardware. Duplicating this setup would be cost prohibitive for students so remote access to the lab was essential. A detailed description of the lab station architecture, development hardware connectivity requirements, network security issues, student guides, and custom software to support the framework is presented along with the educational goals that drove those decisions. The paper concludes with a discussion of the lessons learned in this first remote delivery offering, a discussion on how remote delivery impacted student mastery of the course materials, what aspects of the remote laboratory might be generalized to other hardware-intensive courses, and what improvements may be made in future iterations of the course.
McConnell, M., & Loparo, K. A., & Barendt, N. (2021, July), A Framework for Remote Hardware Lab Course Delivery: Rapidly Adjusting to 2020 Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36581
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