POZZO Maria isabel Rita
congresos y reuniones científicas
Spreading Remote Lab Usage: a System, a Community, a Federation
GUSTAVO ALVES; ANDRÉ FIDALGO; MARÍA ISABEL POZZO
Congreso; 2nd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education; 2016
Portuguese Society for Engineering Education
Experiments have been at the heart of scientific development and education for centuries. From the outburst of Information and Communication Technologies, virtual and remote labs have added to hands-on labs a new conception of practical experience, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. This paper aims at describing the features of a remote lab named Virtual Instruments System in Reality, embedded in a community of practice and forming the spearhead of a federation of remote labs. More particularly, it discusses the advantages and disadvantages of remote labs over virtual labs as regards to scalability constraints and development and maintenance costs. Finally, it describes an actual implementation in an international community of practice of engineering schools forming the embryo of a first world wide federation of Virtual Instruments System in Reality nodes, under the framework of a project funded by the Erasmus+ Program.