S9-O/LT7-4 - Design of an Online Laboratory Authoring Tool

1. Innovative Practice Full Paper
Luis Felipe Zapata-Rivera1 , Jose Angel Sanchez Viloria2, Catalina Aranzazu-Suescun3, Maria M. Larrondo Petrie2, 3
1 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2 Florida Atlantic University
3 Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions - LACCEI

This Innovative Practice full paper presents a software system which purpose is to be used to compose online laboratory experiences.

Online Laboratories have improved their reliability and interoperability thanks to innovative developments proposed in recent years. New companies in this area have proposed novel interaction mechanisms such as the inclusion of immersive graphic user interfaces as well as the possibilities for access laboratory experiments as a service, having the alternative of just paying for the laboratory services demanded, for an specific class or for individual users.
In terms of technology it is now possible to have multiple laboratory instances running from a single laboratory infrastructure or laboratory station.
In terms of standardization, big efforts have been made by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the community of Online Laboratories to release in 2019 the first standard 1876-2019 - IEEE Standard for Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories.

The software system presented in this work uses a set of available resources including virtual laboratories (simulation based), local laboratory equipment, remote laboratories, laboratory activities, assessment definition and learning content (text, audio, video, etc). The system provides to the users a friendly set of tools to compose their laboratory experiences, following the IEEE 1876-2019 standard definition. The output composed laboratory experiment is saved as a Smart Laboratory Learning Object (SLLO) including mechanisms to be self-adaptable according to variables such as laboratory activities difficulty level, user previous results on the same or similar laboratory activities, and user expertise in the topic (determined based on information retrieved from the Learning Management System LMS).