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Abstract: Context: Remote laboratories exist as a way to allow students to access their practical content remotely instead of needing to be physically present in a laboratory. Research into this area focuses not only on students' ability to retain information, as well as students focus on learning outcomes and perceived learning objective. This paper outlines the design of a remotely accessible data logging laboratory focusing on solar energy logging and analyses the students' experiences and perceived learning objective in a method similar to that used by Euan D. Lindsay and Malcolm C. Good in 2005.

Purpose: In the created renewable energy laboratory, what are students perceived learning outcomes and what are their experiences completing the remote laboratory.

Approach: Students were invited to complete the laboratory and once completed a survey was created to assess their experiences in the laboratory. Both written feedback as well as Likert scale questions were used. This data was then compiled into a more accessible format.

Results: Current results indicate students saw the experiment as either an exercise in either signal analysis or general engineering principal. As more students complete the laboratory trends in this direction are expected. Written feedback indicates students understanding of the topic, in addition to questioning why the laboratory was not directly assessed for the unit (laboratory was presented as an extra resource).

Conclusions: The paper found that students completing this remote laboratory approached it with signal analysis in mind, meaning if it was desired for students to approach learning this way it would be possible to influence this. In addition, a tendency for students to want everything completed to be directly assessed was observed, with some students refusing to complete the laboratory as it was not a marked aspect of the course.

To cite this article: Lyons, Liam and Joordens, Matthew. Solar energy logging laboratory [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 520-528. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=697505090305056;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 25 May 17].

Personal Author: Lyons, Liam; Joordens, Matthew; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 520-528. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Laboratories--Design and construction; Remote control; Students--Services for; Logging--Data processing; Solar energy--Design and construction; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Deakin University, email: liam.lyons@deakin,edu.au
(2) Deakin University, email: matthew.joordens@deakin.edu.au

Database: Engineering Collection