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An Integrated Reusable Remote Laboratory to Complement Electronics Teaching

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3 Author(s)
Sousa, N. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Porto, Porto, Portugal ; Alves, G.R. ; Gericota, M.G.

The great majority of the courses on science and technology areas where lab work is a fundamental part of the apprenticeship was not until recently available to be taught at distance. This reality is changing with the dissemination of remote laboratories. Supported by resources based on new information and communication technologies, it is now possible to remotely control a wide variety of real laboratories. However, most of them are designed specifically to this purpose, are inflexible and only on its functionality they resemble the real ones. In this paper, an alternative remote lab infrastructure devoted to the study of electronics is presented. Its main characteristics are, from a teacher's perspective, reusability and simplicity of use, and from a students' point of view, an exact replication of the real lab, enabling them to complement or finish at home the work started at class. The remote laboratory is integrated in the Learning Management System in use at the school, and therefore, may be combined with other web experiments and e-learning strategies, while safeguarding security access issues.

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Learning Technologies, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 3 )