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Survey of LabVIEW Technologies for Building Web/Internet-Enabled Experimental Setups
Masoud Naghedolfeizi, Sanjeev Arora, and Singli Garcia
Fort Valley State University
The impact of World Wide Web on education has gone beyond the text and multimedia based instruction in course offering through the Web. Today, a number of universities, national laboratories and companies are using Web/Internet-enabled applications that can be fully controlled and monitored from remote locations. Continuous advances in computers and electronics coupled with falling prices in these industries have made Web/Internet -based technologies less costly than before, particularly for educational organizations. Thus, it is more affordable to invest in these technologies that are essential for both expanding education over Web and further improving and advancing such technologies.
The LabVIEW software from National Instruments company has significantly helped researchers and educators to integrate Internet/Web with experimental setups in various methods. Some of these methods have been also improved and further advanced by other companies to greatly facilitate the implementation of Web/Internet-enabled technologies. This paper presents a survey of Web/Internet-enabled technologies to build experimental setups that can fully be operated, controlled and monitored remotely. Both advantages and disadvantages of each of these technologies are discussed and evaluated.
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in many institutions of higher learning to offer various online courses including those with laboratory components. These courses are mainly designed to compliment and enhance the traditional method of education in general and to provide students with a new and flexible method of learning in particular. The fact that the Internet/Web is currently being utilized extensively in distance-learning1 shows that educational organizations have made a strong commitment to distance learning through Internet and World Wide Web. Today, many colleges and universities are offering on-line degree programs and/or courses in record numbers. However, a major concern regarding on-line courses with laboratory components has been and still is the practicality of bringing laboratory experiments on-line. In this regard, the complexity associated with interfacing technologies between a remote site and a local site running an experimental set-up poses a major technological challenge in this area. Perhaps, much of this complexity stems from non-
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Arora, S., & Naghedolfeizi, M. (2002, June), Survey Of Labview Technologies For Building Web/Internet Enabled Experimental Setups Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10269
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