Ulster University Logo

Hybrid Remote/Virtual Laboratories with Virtual Learning Environment Integration

Callaghan, MJ, McCusker, Kerri, Losada Lopez, Julio, Harkin, Jim and Wilson, Shane (2010) Hybrid Remote/Virtual Laboratories with Virtual Learning Environment Integration. In: Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2010, Stockholm,Sweden. Kassel University press. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

PDF - Accepted Version


In recent years there has been significant growth in the use of 3D virtual worlds for e-learning and distance education. These immersive environments offer the ability to create complex, highly interactive simulations using in-world modeling and scripting tools. Virtual learning environments’ support teaching and learning in an educational context, offering the functionality to manage the presentation, administration and assessment of coursework. This paper will discuss the practicalities of using immersive virtual worlds for teaching and training purposes in the context of a hybrid virtual/remote laboratory. It will describe the linking and integration of a virtual world with an existing virtual learning environment and show how this approach can be extended to add external hardware which can be controlled and accessed remotely. In addition it will show how user interactions with the virtual and real elements of the laboratory can be recorded back into the virtual learning environment for subsequent assessment by the tutor. A number of demonstrative examples will be introduced and discussed.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Virtual worlds, engineering education, virtual learning environments, hybrid virtual/remote laboratories, hardware integration
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:25009
Deposited By: Mr Michael Callaghan
Deposited On:19 Feb 2013 11:05
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:11

Repository Staff Only: item control page