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An Interactive Internet Laboratory

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.168.1 - 6.168.8

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Nathan Chao

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Bernard Mohr

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Session 1647

An Interactive Internet Laboratory Nathan Chao, Bernard Mohr Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York

Need for Remote Laboratory Capability

Distance learning systems have mostly facilitated delivery of course content information and laboratory demonstrations. Typically, many community college students are older, have families, have part and full time jobs, some may travel great distances, and some may be enrolled part-time. For them a distance- learning laboratory would make full time enrollment possible and perhaps accelerate their graduation.

Alternative Strategies for an Interactive Internet Laboratory (IIL)

Two strategies for implementing an Interactive Internet Laboratory are described in this paper. These initiatives evolved through the efforts of the ECET Department at Queensborough Community College to introduce computer and Internet-based strategies into the learning and teaching processes. This effort was funded in part by National Science Foundation (Division of Undergraduate Education - Advanced Technological Education).

Initial Efforts for An Integrated Interactive Web-based Laboratory at QCC

An Interactive Internet Laboratory is presently used in electronics laboratory courses given by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Queensborough Community College. On- line experiments and support courseware may be seen and down loaded at

The essential components of this version of the IIL system are:

q Computer controlled bench-top instruments (Hewlett Packard) consisting of a digital multimeter, oscilloscope, signal generator and power supply; q Interactive Web-based lab experiments; q Web-based instrument controls; q Subject tutorials; q A custom Web browser (WebLAB) that tightly integrates all of the above hardware and software.

With NSF support, 6 sets of computer-controlled bench-top instruments at $6,500 per setup were installed as shown below.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Chao, N., & Mohr, B. (2001, June), An Interactive Internet Laboratory Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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