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A Web Based Lab For Distance Learning

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Internet Programming and Applications

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7.128.1 - 7.128.12



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Paul Lin

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Session 1758

A Web-based Lab for Distance Learning

Paul I-Hai Lin, Hal Broberg, and Aik Mon* ECET Department, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne GE Industrial Systems*


This paper details a Web-based lab framework for supporting distance-learning courses. The architecture and implementation of a Web-based lab focusing on remote data acquisition and measurement, and industrial control and automation applications are illustrated. Laboratory experiments developed for a Web-based lab are outlined. Implementation of a remote AC motor control lab is also described.

I. Introduction

Many on-line software development systems such as WebCT, Blackboard, etc., are used by distance education instructors to develop and deploy non-technical courses. These software systems normally integrate such desired functions as design of presentation of the course, educational tools to facilitate learning, communication and collaboration page design, and administrative tools to assist the process of management and continuing improvement of the course. However, technological realities and lab hardware requirements/constraints of these software systems present challenges to educators who want to develop online technical courses in the fields of engineering or engineering technology with laboratory activities.

When the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) decided to offer a Web-based Lab, which includes Web-based laboratories in electrical, electronics, measurement, and control for distance learning courses in 2000, we knew that we faced a serious design challenge and expected the following benefits [1]: • Greater Scheduling Flexibility: with the availability of a Web-based Lab via the Internet, a technical course with lab activities would be available for students to access 24-hours a day, anywhere in the world. • Cost Effective: this delivery method is cost effective for offering technical courses with a lab component, because it requires only one set of equipment while traditional labs require multiple sets of the same equipment.

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Lin, P., & Mon, A., & Broberg, H. (2002, June), A Web Based Lab For Distance Learning Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10505

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