June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.769.1 - 23.769.7
Integrating Cyber Infrastructure with Physical LaboratoriesLaboratories are important to engineering and technology curricula. Through systematicallydesigned experiments, students can gain hands-on experience, enhance classroom learning, andcultivate career interests. However, traditional laboratories are often restricted by space,scheduling, staffing, etc. Thus, how to effectively organize laboratories and maximize theutilization of limited resources has gained many researchers’ attention.In recent years, integration cyberspace with educational technology has achieved significantprogress. To facilitate the needs of research and education, lots of laboratory equipment has beenequipped with interfaces and software add-ons to enable users to operate the devices online.This paper presents the funded projects currently conducted at the University of ABC. Using anin-house developed online laboratory management system, the investigators redesigned a seriesof LabVIEW based engineering laboratories in which remote students can rotate to control theequipment, observe the lab results, record data and submit reports. These setups greatly reducethe cost of experimental facilities, enhance the accessibility of equipment and courseware, andsupport instructors’ instructional needs.The paper introduces the architecture of the online laboratory management system, and severalexamples to integrate traditional labs with cyber infrastructure are given. Finally, the projectimplementation strategies and results are also discussed.
Zhang, Y., & Li, L. (2013, June), Integrating Cyber Infrastructure with Physical Laboratories Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19783
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