Virtual Learning Environments

Due to the growing demand, it becomes increasingly difficult for engineering faculties to grant the availability of laboratories for all students in application-oriented teaching. Furthermore, only a minority is given the possibility of gaining experiences in testing environments which are potentially dangerous, difficult to access or install.

Virtual learning environments are intended to serve as didactic support for a more active and profound way of dealing with learning contents during the lesson and beyond that. They promote a varied and application-oriented teaching and widen the availability of labs for all students. This aim will be reached through the creation and optimization of remote-controlled real testing environments and simulations.

In the context of a tender procedure promoted by ELLI, nine projects emerged which either provide a simulated environment (virtual labs) or a remote access to a test station (remote labs). Each sponsored project will be developed and maintained by a department belonging to one of the three engineering faculties (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology).

Remote Labs

• Remote Labs are real existing test stations that can be steered by a user from his computer through a provided interface.
• After changing a predetermined parameter, the newly measured values are shown.
• To protect the setup, the variation limits of the single parameters are set in advance. 

Virtual Labs

• In virtual labs, real objects or processes are shown on a computer and their behavior is simulated.
• Thus, approximate parameters for the simulated object can be obtained without conducting extensive measurements.

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