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Using Simulation Based Hybrid And Multilevel Virtual Labs For Fiber Optics, Photonics And Telecom Education

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Innovations in ECE Education II

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Electrical and Computer

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13.1355.1 - 13.1355.17



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Yakov Cherner ATeL, LLC


Amin Karim DeVry University

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Amin Karim is the Director of Academic Technology at DeVry University. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the development and maintenance of an academic strategy to effectively implement advanced technology solutions for the university. Before joining DeVry in 1991, he worked as a control engineer in the power and manufacturing industry for about a dozen years, and as a faculty, program director and a department head of engineering technology programs.

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Ahmed Khan DeVry University Orcid 16x16


Victor Rubanchik Southern Federal University (Russia)

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Victor B. Rubanchik, Ph.D. is a Professor of Computer Sciences and IT Technologies at Southern Federal University (Russia) in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. His research interests focus on
object-oriented and Web programming, e-learning standards, and distance education.

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Gary Mullett Springfield Technical Community College

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Using Simulation-based Hybrid and Multilevel Virtual Labs for Fiber Optics, Photonics, and Telecom Education

Yakov Cherner*, Amin Karim**, Ahmed Khan**, Victor Rubanchik***, Gary Mullett**** *ATeL, LLC, **DeVry University, ***Rostov State University (Russia), ****Springfield Technical Community College

Abstract A rapidly growing number of distance learning programs in science, engineering, and technology demands interactive online activities that are at least partially capable of replacing traditional hands-on practice and experimentation. To address these needs a series of multistage virtual laboratories on fiber optics and wireless communications have been developed. These labs are designed to enhance the understanding of technical concepts and fundamental principles by facilitating virtual but realistic experimentation. The virtual labs can be linked with related hands-on labs to form hybrid laboratories. Virtual labs contain expandable sets of virtual experiments, learning resources, and assessment activities. An easy-to-use tool that enables instructors with no programming experience to produce appealing and pedagogically sound interactive virtual activities is available as well. This paper presents a set of interactive simulations and virtual experiments and discusses their applications for Fiber Optics, Photonics, and Telecom education courses, for onsite, online, and hybrid (blended onsite and online) delivery modes.

I. Introduction

Phenomenal growth in a wide spectrum of new and emerging technologies has led to increased demand for engineering and engineering technology graduates who deeply understand the fundamental principles behind contemporary state-of-the-art technologies, but also exhibit analytical, problem solving, and expert thinking skills. To address these industry needs, it is imperative that new technological tools and teaching methodologies be incorporated into curricula so that students can acquire digital-age literacy for becoming life-long learners. However, incorporation and implementation of state-of-the-art technological tools requires considerable investment of time and financial resources. Keeping curricula and lab resources current with respect to the fast pace of technological advances in the field is another challenge for faculty. College and university professors can address some of these challenges by using simulation and virtual experiments. With the wide availability of broadband technologies, which offer high data rate connections, simulation-based e-learning is rapidly becoming a significant and effective element of the teaching and learning process. The use of virtual systems enables distance learning students to master practical skills at any time and any place.

II. Interactive Online Resources To address the pedagogical and laboratory needs of students, advanced simulation-based e- learning software has been developed. The software uses real-life processes and objects related to fiber optics, photonics, and wireless and wired communications as the context for science and

Cherner, Y., & Karim, A., & Khan, A., & Rubanchik, V., & Mullett, G. (2008, June), Using Simulation Based Hybrid And Multilevel Virtual Labs For Fiber Optics, Photonics And Telecom Education Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4232

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