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Issue No. 04 - October-December (2009 vol. 2)
ISSN: 1939-1382
pp: 263-274
Ingvar Gustavsson , Blekinge Institute of Technology, Ronneby
Kristian Nilsson , Blekinge Institute of Technology, Ronneby
Johan Zackrisson , Blekinge Institute of Technology, Ronneby
Javier Garcia-Zubia , University of Deusto, Bilbao
Unai Hernandez-Jayo , University of Deusto, Bilbao
Andrew Nafalski , University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes
Zorica Nedic , University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes
Özdemir Göl , University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes
Jan Machotka , University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes
Mats I. Pettersson , Blekinge Institute of Technology, Ronneby
Thomas Lagö , Acticut International AB, Falkenburg
Lars Håkansson , Blekinge Institute of Technology, Ronneby
Three key issues should be addressed to enable universities to deliver engineers who have a solid documented laboratory experience enabling them to design goods and services complying with the requirements of a sustainable society. First, introduce learning objectives of engineering instructional laboratories in courses including laboratory components. Second, implement individual student assessment. Third, introduce free access to online experimental resources as a supplement to the equipment in traditional laboratories. Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Sweden and the University of South Australia (UniSA) have created online laboratory workbenches for electrical experiments that mimic traditional ones by combining virtual and physical reality. Online workbenches not only supplement traditional ones, but they can also be used for low-cost individual assessment. BTH has started a project disseminating the BTH workbench concept, The Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR) Open Laboratory Platform, and invites other universities to set up replicas and participate in further development and standardization. Further, online workbenches offer additional learning possibilities. UniSA has started a project where students located in different countries can perform experiments together as a way to enhance the participants' intercultural competence. This paper discusses online laboratory workbenches and their role in an engineering education appropriate for a sustainable society.
Engineering education, laboratories, learning objectives, online learning, remote laboratories, assessment.

U. Hernandez-Jayo et al., "On Objectives of Instructional Laboratories, Individual Assessment, and Use of Collaborative Remote Laboratories," in IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol. 2, no. , pp. 263-274, 2009.
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