Design and Implementation of a Low-Cost and Modular Remote Lab Framework: Application to Electronic Sensors
In this paper, we propose a low-cost and modular remote lab framework, responding to the educational needs of technical disciplines and more particularly in electronics. It consists of two main parts: hardware and software. The hardware part is simple in its design, locally made, modular, scalable and can be easily integrated in with existing lab equipments. It is composed of a communication module and a configurable interface, linking this module to the experimental equipments. The interface is composed of a set of electronic boards each providing a specific function. The number and type of boards can be configured according to the educational needs.
The software part is a website, designed to be easily integrated into an e-learning platform. It is on a web server, linked directly or indirectly to the lab equipments and interacts with him through a software application. The student accesses through his browser, after authentication, to the website of the remote lab. He can control the hardware and get the measurement values sent by the server. The teacher has a special space to design and configure the lab.
The development of this framework is based on free software solutions and local developed hardware, thus avoiding the acquisition of costly digital equipment and expensive software licenses, consequently the development cost is reduced.
Keywordse-Learning Modularity Remote lab
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