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Execution of Remote Laboratory with Learning Management System

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Topics in Computing and Information Technologies

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Computing & Information Technology

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24.563.1 - 24.563.18



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Abul K. M. Azad Northern Illinois University

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Abul K. M. Azad is a Professor with the Technology Department of Northern Illinois University. He has a Ph.D. in Control and Systems Engineering and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering. He has been in academics for 15+ years, and his research interests include remote laboratories, mechatronic systems, mobile robotics, and educational research. In these areas, Dr. Azad has over 100 refereed journal and conference papers, edited books, and book chapters. So far, he has attracted around $1.7M of research and development grants from various national and international funding agencies. He is a member of the editorial board for a number of professional journals as well as an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Online Engineering. He is active with various professional organizations (IEEE, IET, ASEE, and ISA) as well as a member of board of Trustees of CLAWAR Association. He has served as Chair and Co-Chairs of numerous conferences and workshops, in addition to serving on the program committees of around 30 international conferences. Dr. Azad is a project proposal reviewer with various national and international funding agencies in US, Europe, and Australia.

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Namratha Siripragada Northern Illinois University

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ASEE Annual Conference 2014 Indianapolis, USA Execution of a Remote laboratory course with an Integrated Learning Management SystemThe advent of technological invention in computer science and related technologies as well asthe capacity of World Wide Web allow us to do a range of activities over the Internet. Some ofthese activities we could not even think of a few years ago. With this new scenario, performingexperiments remotely over the Internet involving a real hardware is now a reality. However,considering the complexities of technologies involved and other associated factors, acceptance ofInternet accessible remote laboratories is showing little progress. More research is needed toaddress the sustainability issue along with developing collaborative environments for remotelaboratories.This paper will report the use of a remote laboratory facility for offering a few laboratoryexperiments using a custom-built integrated learning management system (LMS). The paperwill be divided into four parts. Part 1 will illustrate the history of remote laboratories and theircurrent status, limitations, and potential. Part 2 will describe the development of experiments,including computer interfacing and graphical user interface. Part 3 looks into the developmentof a custom-built LMS specifically for the remote laboratories. Part 4 deals with the executionof a number of experiments and lessons learned through the process. This involves coursemanagement, student feedback on the experiments, and pedagogical issues.Study on Internet accessible remote laboratories started around 2000. At the beginning most ofthe initiatives developed a system with a single experiment. Since then it has evolved andreached a state where it can now be used for laboratory classes as a part of a regular academicprogram. Technically, one can access a remote laboratory experiment from anywhere at anytime. To explore the full potential of remote laboratories, they need to be available for studentsbeyond the boundary of an institution, region, and even country. This opens new grounds forinteraction and introduces a number of issues such as resource management and sharing protocol,cyber security, safely issues, privacy, flexibility and scalability in design.The paper will also describe the pedagogical design for the course as well as the development ofa few experiments that are offered through a laboratory facility. The experiment developmentprocess involves the experiment design, computer interfacing, and graphical user interfacedevelopment. Offering a remote laboratory course also requires a well-designed LMS for coursemanagement, assessment, and student tracking. The reported remote laboratory facility isassociated with a custom-designed LMS and is used for the laboratory offerings. The LMSinvolves password control, laboratory scheduling, content management, experience samplingmethod (ESM) data collection, and student surveys. The final part of the paper will describe thecourse offering mechanism, pedagogical design, and collected data analysis and interpretation.

Azad, A. K. M., & Siripragada, N. (2014, June), Execution of Remote Laboratory with Learning Management System Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20454

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