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Many educational institutions utilize laboratories to enable students to enhance as well as apply their theoretical knowledge through practical, hands-on experience. In many cases, these opportunities are restricted due to limited capacities and limited access times. Virtual and remote laboratories provide a solution to both of these challenges. In order to be able to offer students a suitable learning environment, a convincing concept needs to be developed that provides evaluation criteria that are suitable to reflect on the specific scenarios and how they can contribute to an enhancement of the learning concept.
The aim of this workshop is to familiarize the participants with several global projects focusing on virtual and remote laboratory evaluation. Participants will get the chance to learn about and discuss existing evaluation concepts. Finally, the workshop will discuss and develop a general model for laboratory evaluation with a strong focus on future demands. Hence, the participants are invited to bring in their own concepts for laboratory evaluation.
The workshop will start with an opening keynote with an introduction to virtual and remote laboratories and their evaluation concepts. This will be followed with an industry presentation of a remote laboratory. Subsequently, the participants will be divided into small groups and encouraged to carry out a trial in a virtual/remote lab scenario. A modular evaluation concept for learning with virtual and remote laboratories will be conducted in alignment with the existing evaluation concepts in the presented projects. This newly developed overall concept will henceforth not only assist the hosts in evaluating and enhancing lab-based learning, but allow the participants to profit heavily from the concept for their personal working contexts. The participants get the chance to: share a student’s point of view on learning in and with laboratories; critically reflect the evaluation of teaching from this point of view; exchange with other participants on individual approaches; and practically implement the content of the workshop in their own teaching.
Michael Auer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Systems Engineering Department of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria and holds teaching positions at the Universities of Klagenfurt (Austria), Amman (Jordan), Brasov (Romania) and Patras (Greece). He was invited for guest lectures at MIT, Columbia University, and Technical Universities of Moscow, Athens and elsewhere. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASEE, VDE, IGIP, author or co-author of more than 200 publications and a leading member of numerous national and international organizations in the field of online technologies. He is founder and chair of the annual international ICL and REV conferences and chair or member of the Program Committees of several international conferences and workshops. He is Editor in Chief of the International Journals of “Online Engineering” (iJOE, www.i-joe.org) and “Emerging Technologies in Learning” (iJET, www.i-jet.org). Michael Auer is Founding President and CEO of the International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE) since 2006, a non-governmental organization that promotes the vision of new engineering working environments worldwide. From 2010 to 2016 he was President of the International Society of Engineering Education (IGIP). In 2016 he was elected as President of IFEES, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) and the International E-Learning Association (IELA).
Dominik May is Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering and member of the Engineering Education Transformations Institute of the University of Georgia. He conducts research in online engineering education and focuses on developing broader educational strategies for the design and use of online engineering equipment, putting these into practice and providing the evidence base for further development efforts. He has a long history of funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and he is part of the executive committee of the International Association of Online Engineering.
Valerie Varney is head of the research group Digital Learning Environments at the Cybernetics Lab of RWTH Aachen University. Her research focuses on the development, testing and evaluation of digital teaching and learning methods and tools in Engineering Education. She has a long history of working in research projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that focus on innovative teaching and learning in Engineering Education, such as the project ELLI (Excellent Teaching and Learning in Engineering Sciences). She is also part of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Online Engineering.
Pablo Orduña, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of LabsLand. He completed studies in software engineering in 2007 and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Deusto. He has worked since 2004 in the WebLab-Deusto research group, including in the projects Go-Lab and Next-Lab. While pursuing his Ph.D. he was a visiting researcher at MIT (2011) and UNED (2012). His research has been focused on the field of remote experimentation. In this field, he has participated in over 100 conference and journal articles, and has been honored with multiple awards, including the 2012 MIT TR35 Spain (top 10 innovators under 35 in Spain by MIT Technology Review). He has been an executive member of the International Association of Online Engineering (2015-2019) and Vice Chair of the Standardization Committee of the IEEE Education Society (2015-2018). In 2016, he received the Global Impact Competition award to attend the 10-week Global Solutions Program of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, and was selected for the follow-up eight-week Launchpad program.