Implementation of a web-based hybrid educational system for enhancing learning efficiency of engineering experiments

Dongsik Kim, Kwansun Choi, Sunheum Lee, Changwan Jeon, Jiyoon Yoo

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To enhance the excellence, effectiveness, and economical efficiency in the learning process, we implement a creative hybrid educational system for engineering experiments where web-based virtual laboratory systems and distance education systems are properly integrated. In the first stage, we designed client/server distributed environment and developed web-based virtual laboratory system for electrical/electronic circuit experiments. The proposed virtual laboratory system is composed of three important sessions and their management system: concept-learning session, virtual experiment session, assessment session. With the aid of the management system every session is organically tied up together to achieve maximum learning efficiency. In addition, every activity done during the virtual laboratory session are recorded on database and will be provided to the learners as the printout report included their own experimental information and results. With this new system structure, the learners can compare theoretical and experimental data; develop their capability in designing and analyzing the circuits; and make use of auxiliary educational tools for understanding complicated concepts. In the second stage, we have implemented efficient and cost-effective distance laboratory systems for practicing electrical/ electronic circuits, which can be used to eliminate the lack of reality occurred during virtual laboratory session. The use of simple and user-friendly design allows a large number of people to access our distance laboratory systems easily. Thus, self-guided advanced training is available even if many expensive types of equipment will not be provided in the on-campus laboratories. During distance laboratory session, the learners change the settings of the input signal and the values of circuit elements, observe the output waveform from the web camera, and obtain image information regarding their experimental results. The proposed virtual/distance laboratory systems can be used in stand-alone fashion, but to enhance learning efficiency we integrated them and developed a creative hybrid education system for engineering experiments. Our hybrid education system provides interactive learning environment and a new approach for the delivery of engineering experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies for E-Learning and Digital Entertainment - Second International Conference, Edutainment 2007, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783540730101
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2nd International Conference on Edutainment, Edutainment 2007 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 2007 Jun 112007 Jun 13

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4469 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other2nd International Conference on Edutainment, Edutainment 2007
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Java applets
  • Multimedia contents
  • Web-based hardware control technologies
  • Web-based virtual/distance laboratory system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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