Students' impressions of a hybrid real and simulation laboratory

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Abstract

Providing laboratory classes to engineering cohorts can be an expensive process, particularly when industrial hardware is required. A shift to virtual laboratory classes is an attractive alternative that can reduce the cost of laboratory classes, but it is important to consider the impact such a change has upon the students. This paper describes the use of a hybrid real and virtual laboratory class at Curtin University of Technology. This class takes advantage of the modular, roll-in roll-out trolley system used in the Faculty of Engineering's Programmable Logic Controller laboratory, allowing a computer-based simulation of the hardware involved to be integrated with little difficulty. This allows for the students to access virtual laboratory hardware at any time, transferring the initial familiarisation phases of the laboratory projects away from a hands-on, synchronous experience to a simulated asynchronous one. Surveys of the students' experiences show that they are supportive of the new laboratory facility, and that they predominantly regard their hybrid virtual-and-physical laboratory experience as being real.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, EE 2006
Pages189-193
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, EE 2006 - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jul 200626 Jul 2006

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, EE 2006
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLiverpool
Period24/07/0626/07/06

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    Lindsay, E. (2006). Students' impressions of a hybrid real and simulation laboratory. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, EE 2006 (pp. 189-193)