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Internet Based Experiments For Physical Laboratory Set Up

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Web-Based Laboratories and Classes

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8.770.1 - 8.770.11



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Abul Azad

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Session# 2003-2158

Internet Based Experiments for Physical Laboratory Set-up

Abul K M Azad1, Andrew Otieno1, Omar Ghrayeb2 and Navin Anand3 1 Department of Technology, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, IL-60115. 2 Department of Industrial Engineering, Northern Illinois University, IL-60115. 3 Graduate student, Department of Technology, NIU, Illinois, IL-60115.



This paper presents the development of an Internet based experimental laboratory facility where students and faculty can perform experiments through a web-assisted physical laboratory from a remote location. The equipment is housed within a laboratory, while the only requirement for the remote site is a PC with Internet access and a browser. In order to develop this system, a suitable experiment needs to be identified. Once the experiment has been selected, the required tasks can be divided into three major steps. The first step involves identifying the accuracy of the experiments, number of inputs and outputs and the system’s speed along with the selection of a suitable interfacing card and software. The second step deals with the development of software for experiment control and data acquisition along with a user-friendly graphical user interface. The third and final step involves the accessing of the experiments via the Internet. In this project, four experiments covering various fields of engineering and engineering technology were tested successfully.

1 Introduction

With the rapid development in computer science and network technology, the use of the Internet has been expanding exponentially. It is now extensively used as a connectivity and reference tool for commercial, personal, and educational purposes. In education, the Internet opens a variety of new avenues and methodologies for enhancing the experience of learning as well as expanding educational opportunities for a larger pool of students 1,2. Especially, distance education and non-traditional classrooms have the capability to reach more students using specialized instruction and self-paced learning. Integration of the Internet with educational systems is well described in Poindexter and Heck 3. In almost all the cases, web courses are only based on theoretical/simulation materials. While a good learning experience can be obtained

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Azad, A. (2003, June), Internet Based Experiments For Physical Laboratory Set Up Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12474

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