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E Lab Book: An Electronic Laboratory Book On The Internet For Distance Delivery Of Laboratory Experience

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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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6.398.1 - 6.398.9

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Hakan Gurocak

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Session 1526

eLabBook: An Electronic Laboratory Book on the Internet for Distance Delivery of Laboratory Experience

Hakan Gurocak

Manufacturing Engineering Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686

Abstract: Many educators agree that integrating interactive modes of delivery into distance education will significantly enhance the educational experience for students. This is especially true in undergraduate engineering education since hands-on experience gained in a laboratory is an invaluable part of the learning activity. However, delivery of the laboratory experience at a distance is a challenging problem many institutions are trying to solve. This paper presents an electronic laboratory book called eLabBook to deliver “hands-on” experience with real equipment over the Internet. Details of the design and implementation of its first chapter on robotics are explained. Results of student evaluations of the system are discussed.

I. Introduction For the past ten years the use of computer-based instruction has been presented as providing learning benefits over traditional classroom methods. With the advent of the browsers for the Internet, ever increasing use of this medium in education has been explored1. Today the Internet is successfully being used to deliver distance education, including environmental engineering courses2, a statics course3, construction education4, a computer vision course5, an engineering materials course6, and a course on wave theory7.

In fact, the Internet has been taken a step further from being just a medium to deliver graphics, text, sound and video. Today there are physical devices such as cameras, coffee machines, telescopes and robots connected to web sites all over the world allowing the users to control them remotely8. The possibility of controlling actual equipment using the Internet has opened new avenues for laboratory courses at a distance. There are a few examples of such laboratories9, 10. The most significant of these is a collection of control systems experiments at

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

Gurocak, H. (2001, June), E Lab Book: An Electronic Laboratory Book On The Internet For Distance Delivery Of Laboratory Experience Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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