June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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Electrical and Computer
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Ubiquitous and Smart Learning Paradigm for Preparing Qualified and Skilled EngineersAbstractUnskilled and non-qualified graduates are considered to be two of the most common threatsthat have been associated with most of the official engineering curricula around the world.While the theoretical content is always being emphasized and well-imparted, the practicalcontent is usually dismissed or ignored. This is, substantially, owing to the high cost of theequipment and laboratory personnel. The time and mobility availability are other importantfactors as well. On the other hand, most of the engineering curricula are not oriented, to someextent, to labor sectors’ characteristics. As a result, most of the graduates are struggles duringtheir shift from the academic to the industrial real world. In order to mitigate this issue, someenterprises have endeavored to prepare engineers, and to help them to acquire specific skillsdemanded by the labor market, by means of sponsored training courses. However, thissolution is not affordable for all the majority of graduates.The advent of computer and information technologies has revolutionized the learning processand has yielded new learning models known as e-learning, blind learning, distance learning,or online learning, which allows efficient learning that is adaptable to predominant students’lifestyles without time or distance constraints. E-learning was confined to theoretical contentfrom its inception until the appearance of remote laboratories few years later, in the late1990s. Remote laboratories allow managed access to, and control of real, instruments onlinein real time. Moreover, they promote collaboration between universities by sharing theirlaboratory facilities, which results in the offset of cost and increase of experiments range andavailability. Thus, offering e-learning including modules that provide access to remote labs,by far, is the most ubiquitous, low-cost, and adaptable solution for defying the deficit ofqualified and skilled engineers.In this article we present a unique initiative of the online learning paradigm in the form ofofficial European master degree program, that is due to start in the academic year 2013/2014,which enables real-world experiments remotely, along with a pool of learning resourcesonline, in the Information and Communication Systems (ICS) curriculum. The program isoriented to the labor market and delivered by five European institutions. Each partnercontributes with at least a subject, in addition to access to a remote laboratory. The programis realized online and is totally administrated by a learning platform (DIPSIEL) initiallydeveloped by the partners. This article describes the development process, organization, andobjectives of the program. This is followed by a description of the contribution of ouruniversity, Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), in the subject PowerSupplies for ICT equipment and the scheduled practices to be realized by the state-of-the-artremote laboratory for wiring and measuring electronic circuits, known as VISIR, which iscurrently installed at UNED.
Tawfik, M., & Sancristobal, E., & Martin, S., & Gil, R., & Pesquera, A., & FERNANDEZ, S. M., & García Loro, F., & Gomez, M. J. A., & DIAZ ORUETA, G., & Mileva, N., & Milev, M., & peire, J., & Castro, M. (2013, June), Ubiquitous and Smart Learning Paradigm for Preparing Qualified and Skilled Engineers Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22659
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