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Luis de la Torre

Adding and Using Simulations, Virtual Labs and Remote Labs in a Moodle Course

Content Type: How To's

Target Audience: Teacher / Course Creator 

Language: English

Description of Presentation

It is commonly accepted that digital media (such as simulations, videos, interactive screen experiments or web labs) can positively impact student knowledge, skills and attitudes. Consequently, tools such as Moodle and web-based labs have become widespread in distance education in the last decade. Moodle supports the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events. Web-based labs make possible to illustrate scientific phenomena that require costly or difficult-to-assemble equipment.

There are two complementary approaches for web-based labs:

 

  1. Virtual Labs or Experiments provide computer based simulations which offer similar views and ways of work to their traditional counterparts. Nowadays, simulations have evolved into interactive graphical user interfaces where students can manipulate the experiment parameters and explore its evolution.
  2. Remote Labs or Experiments use real plants and physical devices which are teleoperated in real time.

 

EJS

Easy Java(script) Simulations (EJS, http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/pmwiki.php) is a tool designed for the creation of discrete computer simulations. During the last few years, EJS has grown for helping to create web-accessible labs in education of scientific and technical disciplines. With this objective in mind, recent releases of EJS support connections with external applications, such as LabView and Matlab/Simulink. Hence, EJS not only is useful to create virtual labs, but also the GUIs of their remote counterparts.

A rich repository of EJS simulations is freely available at http://www.compadre.org/osp


EJSApp: bridging together Moodle and EJS

To support the one-click deployment of virtual and remote labs into Moodle, we have developed the EJSApp plugin, which has the following features:

  1. Deployment of labs written in EJS. 
  2. Control user access to the deployed labs and distinguish between virtual labs (or simulations) and remote labs.
  3. Allow several resizing options for displaying the embedded applets and Javascript applications.
  4. Backup and restore. EJSApp provides maintenance facilities for labs, packaging them into Moodle course backups.


This talk will show how to add these digital media resources to enrich STEM online courses in Moodle and how to make the most of it. You will learn how to use the EJSApp plugins to create an amazing course in Moodle filled with simulations and remote labs for STEM courses.

To get the feel of EJSApp, visit UNILabs, which is a moodle site that hosts a rich network of virtual and remote labs for students of the Spanish Open University (UNED) and other Spanish Universities, such as the Huelva, Complutense and Almeria Universities. All labs in UNILabs have been developed using the EJSApp and its extensions (EJSApp "private files" browserEJSApp Booking SystemEJSApp Collab Session and the Open Source Physics Repository plugin).

Added: Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 5:46 PM
Last Modified: Sunday, 11 October 2015, 5:59 PM

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