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Virtual and Remote Functionality Development for Undergraduate Laboratory A particular challenge for online education in engineering is how to extend the traditionalhands-on laboratories over internet. Especially for Engineering Technology department, itslecture course is always accompanied by a corresponding laboratory session, in which hands-onexperiments allows students to experience the backbone of science and engineering, observingdynamic phenomena, testing hypotheses, learning from mistakes, and reaching conclusions. Online laboratories can be generally categorized in two approaches: the virtual laboratoryallows students to log on a simulated environment residing on the server; the remote laboratoryallows students to remotely control the real components or instruments from any places withinternet access. These two approaches can be generalized as VR-Lab (Virtual and RemoteLaboratory). By sharing VR-Labs with other institutions, it can drastically reduce the cost ofexperimental facilities, and increase the availability of diversified setups. Also, VR-lab can bevisited by students 7/24 via internet, avoiding complex logistics like staff, scheduling, as well ascommute. In response to the technology trend to move forward to online education, two facultymembers in neighboring institutions are collaborating on the development of virtual and remotefunctionalities for Engineering Technology laboratories, and this poster introduces the currentprogress and following implementation strategies on the collaborative projects.
Zhang, Y., & Li, L., & Chen, X. (2011, June), Virtual and Remote Functionality Development for Undergraduate Laboratory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18971
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