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A practical approach for applying online remote experiments: OnPReX

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The development of Internet technologies stimulates the increase of online technology-supported education in universities. Online learning based on remote experiments is capable of diminishing the scantiness in practical courses. In this paper, we present online practical courses based on remote experiments (OnPReX). These courses consist of online experiments, interactive graphics and an online tutoring-system organised at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TUB). We developed two online practical courses, one focusing on classical and the other on modern physics, for bachelor and intermediate diploma engineering students. Our online practical courses based on remote experiments took place in two test phases during two semesters. These courses were evaluated and the results were used to improve the courses. Our online practical courses on remote experiments have successfully been integrated as electives at the TUB.

Keywords: authentic learning environment; online course; online tutoring; physics in engineering education; remote experiments

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Solid State Physics, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany 2: Systems Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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