Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies
Many colleges and universities provide distance-learning education for students who are not able to physically attend courses held in classrooms. Distance courses are commonly offered over the Internet. Distance learning facilitates the process of obtaining a degree for adult learners who often have family and job commitments. Engineering schools have started offering distance courses over the Internet for last two decades. Since lab activities in engineering fields are a crucial part of learning, providing the same laboratory experience for distance learning has remained a challenge. This challenge consists of both the lack of lab equipment, and the limited availability of the instructor for help and checkoff. Electrical lab equipment such as function generator, oscilloscope, and power supply are expensive to purchase and maintain. Additionally, it is not possible to build many lab stations close to distance learners. The limited availability of instructors to verify students’ work has stimulated the proposal of various ways to address the challenge. Multiple methods, such as a lab simulator or remote lab, have been implemented based on the theory that simulators can replace the physical experiments. There are multiple forms of software to design electronic circuits, to simulate and observe the voltages and currents at various points of the circuit using virtual instruments such as oscilloscopes, function generators, and logic analyzers. However, no simulator can completely replace the actual lab experience. Fortunately, inexpensive lab equipment, such as Analog Discovery, is available for distance learners to build and test their circuits. To address the checkoff issue, distance students are commonly asked to provide a webcam and arrange a time with their instructors to verify the experiment results. In this paper, a method based on Internet of Things (IoT) is proposed to enable distance students to perform tests and to store their test results in the cloud. Therefore, instructors can check them off based on their data which can be available anywhere at any time.
Habibi, C., & Carbaugh, E. T. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in Distance Lab Checkoff Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31269
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