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Remote Wiring And Measurement Laboratory

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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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6.851.1 - 6.851.7

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Ralph Tanner

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Johnson Asumadu

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Session 1526

REMOTE WIRING AND MEASUREMENT LABORATORY Johnson A. Asumadu, Ralph Tanner Western Michigan University


In this project, a new architecture called "Remote Wiring and Measurement Laboratory (RwmLab)" is proposed that will allow students to physically wire up electrical and electronics circuits using an Internet access. Likewise, they will be able to take real measurements over their Internet access. In this way, students will experience the nuts and volts, frustrations, and hands-on experience of a real-world laboratory environment while accessing the laboratory remotely. The RwmLab interface will be greatly simplified by using a graphical wiring environment. However, the system will physically wire the components together at the host lab site.

1.0 Introduction

The concept of advanced technologies used for remote monitoring is not new. The Web has become an invaluable long distance active learning tool1-4. Remote, web-based laboratories have been developed in areas ranging from nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry5 to introductory chemistry courses6,7. Other areas of Web-based laboratory activities developed under NSF funding range from the control of a scanning electron microscope8 to control engineering9. A Web-based laboratory that allowed remote programming of manufacturing10 was even successfully developed under a NSF funded project.

An electronics laboratory was developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)11 where virtual instrumentation is used. In the RPI lab, the electronics circuits were already wired. All that the students do is collect data for analysis.

The goal of our project is to establish Web-based instructional modules and other visual multimedia that will enhance the quality of basic electronics and circuits education at Western Michigan University (WMU) and Tuskegee University (TU), and to promote active teaching and learning among students and faculty. Just as it has been proven that a web-based laboratory can be used to link together educational facilities that would otherwise be unable to support a laboratory, the RwmLab will enable delivery of a laboratory experience to locations that could not otherwise support an electrical and electronics laboratory12.

An Internet Web-based RwmLab, treated as a local multi-circuit board4 on a common distributed panel, is shown in Fig. 1. A data acquisition, data processing and analysis, and graphical unit

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

Tanner, R., & Asumadu, J. (2001, June), Remote Wiring And Measurement Laboratory Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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