Moving away from simulations: Innovative assessment of Mechatronic subjects using remote laboratories

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2013 12th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2013, 2013
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In response to the rapid growth of online teaching and learning, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has been developing a number of remotely accessible laboratories. In this paper, we present our newly developed remote lab robotic rig that uniquely addresses challenges in Mechatronic courses. The rig contains a mobile robotic platform equipped with various sensory modules placed in a maze with a pantograph power system enabling continuous use of the platform. The software architecture employed allows users to develop their simulations using the Player/Stage simulator and subsequently upload the code in the robotic rig for real-time testing. This paper presents the motivation, design concepts and analysis of students' feedback responses to their use of the remote lab robotics rig. Survey results of a pilot study shows the participants highly agreeing that the remote lab contributes to, "deeper understanding of the subject matter", "flexible learning process" and "inspire research in robotics". © 2013 IEEE.
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