Remote engineering lab for teaching computer systems engineering: Evaluation and impact

Narayanan Ramakrishnan, Pablo Orduna, Luis Rodríguez Gil, Aitor Villar

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We developed a remote engineering laboratory and exercises to teach field-programmable gate array based microprocessor and interfacing course of study aiming for students to gain individual learning experiences. The course was delivered entirely online without conceding traditional learning outcomes. The web interface of the remote lab allowed students to interact with remote field-programmable gate array boards installed in the laboratory from any location. Cameras were installed as part of the setup to capture the events on these boards in response to student programs and operations. Five sets of NIOS-II laboratory exercises were developed for teaching microprocessors at an intermediate level. Instructions and related demonstration videos were prepared and uploaded to the course moodle page so that the students could work on the exercises independently without an instructor or a physical lab. The student learning experience was evaluated using quantitative feedback scores and real-time user access data. One hundred thirty-four students were enrolled on the course during 2020 and 2021. The study showed that remote labs and related exercises enhanced student engagement in the course. Students appreciated the remote lab resource that supported them in achieving individual learning experiences. Unlike the restricted lab hours practiced during traditional on-campus teaching, the remote lab offered 24 h access to lab resources. Thus this provided flexibility for the students to experience the lab on their own time and allowed them to practice lab exercises several times.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Reinhard Langmann, Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031424670
ISBN (Print)9783031424663
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation 2023 : Open Science in Engineering - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 1 Mar 20233 Mar 2023
Conference number: 20th (Proceedings) (Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceInternational Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation 2023
Abbreviated titleREV 2023
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  • Computer Systems
  • Field Programmable Gate Arrays
  • Remote Labs

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