Abu-aisheh, Akram; Eppes, Tom
March 2012
Technology Interface International Journal;Spring/Summer2012, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p87
Academic Journal
Limited financial resources for the acquisition of new laboratory hardware continue to marginalize the quality of electrical engineering education. However, the complementary use of onsite, remote, and virtual laboratories can be used to help overcome this trend. There is a variety of ways to integrate these three types of lab experiences into the curriculum. For fulltime, on-campus students, remote and virtual labs can be used as supplemental work to the onsite labs. Virtual and remote labs are especially useful for "predict and measure" experiments that focus on analytical learning. Onsite labs can continue to dwell on design and troubleshooting-oriented exercises. Remote labs can also be used to increase access to one-of-a-kind equipment among a group of students. This is especially true in upper-term courses where the quantity of advanced test equipment restricts availability. There are also opportunities to form collaborative arrangements with other institutions in which remote labs can be shared.


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