Laboratory components are a crucial part of students’ educational curriculum and new advancements by the manner in which content is served must be made. With coursework increasingly being performed online sans labs, students are left with a disjointed experience. In order to facilitate the transition to a ‘digital-first’ future, remote educational laboratory infrastructures must be pursued. This paper outlines a solution which is easily reproducible, cost effective and open source where possible.
Benefits of utilizing an online laboratory system compared to its traditional counterpart include increased flexibility in lab hours and decreased cost to educational organizations. By using an online system, students will have the ability to perform autonomous lab work at all times of day. With an isolated online environment fewer resources such as faculty and TA time, dedicated rooms, and lab equipment will be needed. Additionally, since a larger subset of students can have access to remote labs, as room sizes are no longer a bottleneck, the cost per lab session naturally decreases.
By the end of this project, one should have a modular and easily deployable remote lab solution capable of interacting with traditional equipment over network connections. By leveraging existing, open-source technology to the furthest extent possible, the net result will be a highly effective system which provides fiscal relief to educational institutions and a modern medium in which students can learn.
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