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Learning from Remote Experimentations over the Internet

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Emerging Information Technologies

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Computing & Information Technology

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22.1002.1 - 22.1002.14



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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. His research interests include mechatronic systems and structural control, remote laboratory, adaptive/intelligent control, mobile robotics, and educational research. In these areas, Dr. Azad has over 100 referred journal and conference papers, edited books, and few book chapters. So far, he has attracted around $1.5M of research and development grants from various national and international funding agencies. He is active with various professional organizations along with editorial board member for a number of professional journals. He is a senior member of IEEE and ISA and a member of ASEE and IET. (

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ASEE Annual Conference 2011 Vancouver, Canada Learning from Remote Experimentations over the InternetPerforming experiments (on real hardware) over the Internet is a relatively new concept.Academics and researchers are pursuing this problem in an abrupt manner and are not yetcoming up with a sustainable solution that can popularize the use of remote laboratories. Theauthor has been working in this field for last ten years and has attracted a number of research anddevelopment grants from federal agencies, academic institutions, and industries. Some of thesedevelopments are used to deliver laboratory courses within an electrical engineering technologyprogram.With this scenario this paper will address two issues. The first part will focus on the currentstatus of remote experimentation designs and how this has impacted our education and researchactivities with a notion that whether we are moving too fast while its acceptance has not yetrealized. While for the second part, the author will describe some of the developments of remoteexperiment designs through his own research as well as reviewing contributions of otherresearchers.Academics and researchers have been working on design and developing remoteexperimentation systems for a considerable period of time and are making remarkablebreakthroughs utilizing cutting edge technologies and current understanding of educational andlearning strategies. After all of these developments, the popularity of remote experimentations isstill very limited and does not have the attention of the academic community to incorporate themas a part of their regular curriculum. There are a number of factors that hinder acceptance ofremote laboratories as a part of a curriculum. These are: Integration of a number of disciplinesinto remote experimentation design; Modularity in designs; Readily available commercialproducts; Integration of learning management system; Maintenance and training; Administrativeawareness and support; and Industry applications. The paper will discuss these issues and willhighlight how we can move forward in a coordinated manner so there will be a viable remoteexperimentation infrastructure with a high degree of acceptance.The author has a number of federal research grants (USA) where he has developed Internetaccessible remote experimentation facilities. These facilities have features like use of singlecomputer for accessing multiple experiments, manipulating experimental setup from remotelocations, integrated assessment, and real-time learning management features. The developedfacilities have used for delivering a number of laboratory courses, while gathering data in termsof achieving learning outcomes and assessing the effectiveness of the system in terms of systemdesigns. The part of the paper will describe the development and implementation of remotelaboratory systems in terms of design philosophy, system design implementation, pedagogicaldesign, and evaluation outcome.The paper will be concluded with a discussion considering the author’s experience on remotelaboratories with all these years’ of experience, along with an overall discussion by highlightingthe way forward to make the Internet accessible remote laboratories sustainable and moreacceptable within the community.

Azad, A. K. M. (2011, June), Learning from Remote Experimentations over the Internet Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18259

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