Wednesday, October 21
1:30 PM-2:30 PM

A Comparative Study of Online and Onsite Engineering Experiments

Brief Paper ID: 47657
  1. Xiang Huang
    University of Houston
  2. Yali Zou
    University of Houston
  3. aaa
    Xuemin Chen
    Texas Southern University
  4. Hamid Parsaei
    Texas A&M University- Qatar
  5. aaa
    Gangbing Song
    University of Houston

Abstract: This paper reports a comparative study of online vs. onsite experiments. Online education becomes popular in many disciplines, however, online engineering education falls behind, mainly due to the obstacle of experiments. Recently, online experiments, which enable students to conduct experiment using internet, have been introduced. However, there are few research on comparative study of online and onsite experiments. In this paper, a Smart Vibration Platform (SVP) experiment in both online and onsite formats were used by senior mechanical engineering students in a lab course. Students were randomly selected to form two groups: the experiment group to conduct the online experiment and the control group to conduct the onsite experiment. Anonymous surveys and achievement test were used in the evaluation. Survey results show positive learning experience in both groups. Achievement test results show that the remote lab is as effective as onsite lab in assisting students’ learning.

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