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Providing Collaborative Support to Virtual and Remote Laboratories
Oct.-Dec. 2013 (vol. 6 no. 4)
pp. 312-323
Luis de la Torre, Spanish Open University (UNED), Madrid
Ruben Heradio, Spanish Open University (UNED), Madrid
Carlos A. Jara, University of Alicante, Alicante
Jose Sanchez, Spanish Open University (UNED), Madrid
Sebastian Dormido, Spanish Open University (UNED), Madrid
Fernando Torres, University of Alicante, Alicante
Francisco A. Candelas, University of Alicante, Alicante
Virtual and remote laboratories (VRLs) are e-learning resources that enhance the accessibility of experimental setups providing a distance teaching framework which meets the student's hands-on learning needs. In addition, online collaborative communication represents a practical and a constructivist method to transmit the knowledge and experience from the teacher to students, overcoming physical distance and isolation. This paper describes the extension of two open source tools: 1) the learning management system Moodle, and 2) the tool to create VRLs Easy Java Simulations (EJS). Our extension provides: 1) synchronous collaborative support to any VRL developed with EJS (i.e., any existing VRL written in EJS can be automatically converted into a collaborative lab with no cost), and 2) support to deploy synchronous collaborative VRLs into Moodle. Using our approach students and/or teachers can invite other users enrolled in a Moodle course to a real-time collaborative experimental session, sharing and/or supervising experiences at the same time they practice and explore experiments using VRLs.
Index Terms:
Remote laboratories,Electronic learning,Virtual environments,Collaboration,Education courses,virtual and remote laboratories,Collaborative learning tools,educational technology,e-learning
Luis de la Torre, Ruben Heradio, Carlos A. Jara, Jose Sanchez, Sebastian Dormido, Fernando Torres, Francisco A. Candelas, "Providing Collaborative Support to Virtual and Remote Laboratories," IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 312-323, Oct.-Dec. 2013, doi:10.1109/TLT.2013.20
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