Online Labs for Distance Learners: Reflections from an Irish Pilot Study

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Eamon Costello

Dublin City University

Seamus Fox

Dublin City University

Theodore G. Lynn

Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This presentation presented at International Symposium for Engineering Education, 2008, Dublin City University, Ireland, discusses the introduction of remote online laboratory (lab) work into Communications Technology modules of an undergraduate BSC. in Information Technology (IT) by distance learning. The role of online labs and virtual instruments in undergraduate education is discussed and how they relate to physical labs. Outcomes are presented of a pilot introduction of online virtual labs. An argument is made that the introduction of online virtual lab work is worthwhile. We also argue it is increasingly feasible if suitable tools can be inexpensively sourced, such as from digital learning repositories as described here.

Keywords: elearning, distance education, global grid for learning, ICT course, remote online virtual lab

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Costello, Eamon and Fox, Seamus and Lynn, Theodore G., Online Labs for Distance Learners: Reflections from an Irish Pilot Study (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1468917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1468917

Eamon Costello

Dublin City University ( email )

Ireland 9
Dublin 9, leinster 9
Ireland

Seamus Fox

Dublin City University ( email )

Ireland 9
Dublin 9, leinster 9
Ireland

Theodore G. Lynn (Contact Author)

Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce ( email )

Dublin
Collins Avenue
Dublin, NA Dublin 9
Ireland
35317006873 (Phone)
35317005446 (Fax)

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