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Evaluating LAB@FUTURE, a collaborative e-learning Laboratory experiments platform

Courtiat, Jean-Pierre; Davarakis, Costas; Totter, Alexandra; Mwanza, Daisy; Faust, Martin and Kaufmann, Hannes (2004). Evaluating LAB@FUTURE, a collaborative e-learning Laboratory experiments platform. In: European Distance and E-Learning Network Annual conference (EDEN 2004), 16-19 Jun 2004, Budapest, Hungary.

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Abstract

This paper presents Lab@Future, an advanced e-learning platform that uses novel Information and Communication Technologies to support and expand laboratory teaching practices. For this purpose, Lab@Future uses real and computer generated objects that are interfaced using mechatronic systems, augmented reality, mobile technologies and 3D multi user environments. The main aim is to develop and demonstrate technological support for practical experiments in the following focused disciplines namely: Fluid Dynamics - Science subject in Germany, Geometry - Mathematics subject in Austria, History and Environmental Awareness – Arts and Humanities subjects in Greece and Slovenia. In order to pedagogically enhance the design and functional aspects of this e-learning technology, we are investigating the dialogical operationalisation of learning theories so as to leverage our understanding of teaching and learning practices in the targeted context of deployment. To be able to evaluate the lab@future system in its entire complexity an evaluation methodology including several phases has been developed, performing formative as well as summative evaluations.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 European Distance Education Network and the Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetEuropean Commission, FP6
Extra Information: New Challenges and Partnerships in an Enlarged European Union
Open, Distance and E-Learning in Support of Modernisation, Capacity Building and Regional Development
Proceedings of the EDEN 2004 Annual Conference
16-19 June 2004
Edited by András Szűcs and Ingeborg Bø
ISBN: 963-216-052-5
Keywords: distributed e-learning environments; Lab@Future
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11792
Depositing User: Daisy Mwanza
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2008 12:04
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 06:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11792
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