Genuine lab experiences for students in resource constrained environments: the RealLab with integrated intelligent assessment

Ifeyinwa Achumba, Djamel Azzi, James Stocker, Barry P. Haynes

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    Abstract

    Laboratory activities are indispensable for developing engineering skills. Computer Aided Learning (CAL) tools can be used to enhance laboratory learning in various ways, the latest approach being the virtual laboratory technique that emulates traditional laboratory processes. This new approach makes it possible to give students complete and genuine laboratory experiences in situations constrained by limited resources in the provision of laboratory facilities and infrastructure and/or where there is need for laboratory education, for large classes, with only one laboratory stand. This may especially be the case in countries in transition. Most existing virtual laboratories are not available for purchase. Where they are, they may not be cost friendly for resource constrained environments. Also, most do not integrate any form of assessment structure. In this paper, we present a very cost friendly virtual laboratory solution for genuine laboratory experiences in resource constrained environments, with integrated intelligent assessment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)112-11
    Number of pages2
    JournalIEEE Multidisciplinary Engineering Education Magazine
    Volume3
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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