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Remote laboratories extending access to science and engineering curricular

Cooper, M. and Ferreira, J. M. M. (2009). Remote laboratories extending access to science and engineering curricular. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 2(4) pp. 342–353.

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This paper draws on research, development, and deployment of remote laboratories undertaken by the authors since 2000. They jointly worked on the PEARL project ( from 2000 to 2003 and have worked on further projects within their own institutions (the Open University, United Kingdom, and the University of Porto, Portugal, respectively) since then. The paper begins with a statement of the rationale for remote experiments, then offers a review of past work of the authors and highlights the key lessons for remote labs drawn from this. These lessons include 1) the importance of removing accessibility barriers, 2) the importance of a pedagogic strategy, 3) evaluation of pedagogic effectiveness, 4) the ease of automation or remote control, and 5) learning objectives and design decisions. The paper then discusses key topics including assessment issues, instructional design, pedagogical strategies, relations to industry, and cost benefits. A conclusion summarizes key points from the paper within a review of the current status of remote labs in education.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 IEEE
ISSN: 1939-1382
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetEuropen Commission
Keywords: information interfaces and representation (HCI); user-centered design; virtual labs; computer aided instruction; engineering computing; engineering education; laboratories; telecontrol; user centred design; PEARL project; assessment; cost benefits; engineering curriculum; industry relations; instructional design; pedagogical strategies; remote laboratories; science curriculum
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 20433
Depositing User: Martyn Cooper
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 10:20
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 18:35
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