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Combining Remote Laboratories and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Teaching Electronics

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Presentation from Manuel Castro (UNED) at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 2014 conference in Jacksonville (FL)

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Combining Remote Laboratories and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Teaching Electronics

  1. 1. Combining Remote Laboratories and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Teaching Electronics Manuel Castro, Mohamed Tawfik, Felix Garcia-Loro, Elio Sancristobal, Francisco Mur and Gabriel Diaz Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)
  2. 2. Presentation Structure  Introduction to MOOCs  Introduction to VISIR  World’s 1st remote lab-based MOOC  MOOC meets MOOL  Implementation and Results
  3. 3.  Extending the concepts of OCW, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) was originated in 2008 within the OER movement. MOOCs are open online courses that are more structured formal and aiming at large-scale interactive participation. Only a few percent of the tens of thousands of students who may sign up complete the course. Typically they do not offer academic credit or charge tuition fees but in some cases they offer the possibility of earning academic credit or certificates based on supervised examinations  Subsequently, several providers by elite universities have emerged such as edX, which was founded by MIT and Harvard University. New commercial start-ups such as Coursera and Udacity have also been launched in collaboration with prestigious universities, offering online courses either for free, charging or only charging a small fee for the final certification. Other open education initiatives have been around such as Udemy, P2PU and Khan Academy
  4. 4.  Different ideologies have driven MOOCs in two different pedagogical directions: 1. The earlier connectivist-based MOOCs (cMOOC), which was based on exploring new pedagogies beyond traditional classroom and emphasizing that learning and knowledge emerge from interaction, creativity, autonomy and informal social networking learning relatively free from institutional constraints. 2. And the later content-based MOOCs (xMOOCs) such as those offered by Coursera and edX, which emphasize a more traditional and behaviorist learning approach through instructional methods with video presentations, short quizzes and testing.
  5. 5. Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR)
  6. 6. Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR) 1) Bleking Institute of Technology (BTH) 2) Carinthia University of Applied Sciences 3) FH Campus Wien University of applied sciences 4) Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP) 5) University of Deusto 6) Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) 7) Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M)
  7. 7. Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR)
  8. 8. Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR)
  9. 9.  RLC circuit  Half-wave rectifier with filter  Half-wave rectifier without filter  Inverter operational amplifier  Non-inverter operational amplifier  Regulator with zener diode  Common emitter BJT  Common collector BJT Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR)
  10. 10. Organization 1st edition course: May 2013 – September 2013 (5 months) 2nd edition course: November 2013 – January 2014 (3 months)  8 modules of 10 hours  The first module introduces circuit simulation with tools such as SPICE and Micro-Cap and the subsequent modules involves real-time practicing with VISIR 35 years old students or older 43% Active workers 50% Undergraduate students in a related field 18% Graduate or postgraduate students in a related field 19% Students with a non-university degree in a related field 23% Students enrolled in this MOOC especially because of the use of a remote laboratory 81%
  11. 11. Organization  Access to experiments is provided by the MOOC’s portal through an integrated scheduling/booking system  The initial settings allow 16 simultaneous users per 60 minutes slot and for each user a maximum of two simultaneous slots booked and a limitation of 14 slots per course  With these settings, VISIR allows up to 384 students to experiment with any of the designed practices of the MOOC
  12. 12. Implementation
  13. 13. Implementation
  14. 14. Implementation
  15. 15. https://unedcoma.es/ UNED COMA
  16. 16. For more information about remote laboratories, we invite you to access to the web page of the Electrical & Computer Engineering department of the UNED. http://ohm.ieec.uned.es/ Research on Technologies for Engineering Education
  17. 17. Thanks for your Attention ! Manuel Castro mcastro@ieec.uned.es http://www.slideshare.com/mmmcastro/ Full Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (DIEEC) Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) President IEEE Education Society

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