June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
Electrical and Computer
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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.
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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