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Remote Laboratories: logistical enhancement of pedagogic innovation?

19 September 2012

Join us on September 19th for a CoCo-CHAI-LATTE seminar by Professor David Lowe titled ‘Remote Laboratories: logistical enhancement of pedagogic innovation?'

Laboratory experimentation is a central element of learning across the SET disciplines, but has seen little innovation in either use of technology or the underlying pedagogy. The convergence of ubiquitous networking and increasingly rich instrumentation and transducers provides an opportunity for significant innovation with regard to remote access to physical laboratory apparatus. This seminar will discuss the opportunities this creates. Operationally, students have greater flexibility and institutions have the opportunity to share access to a richer pool of apparatus. Pedagogically, there are opportunities to enrich the laboratory experience through aspects such as embedding the laboratory into real-world contexts, augmenting the experience with additional information, and providing richer control over the nature of the experimentation.

A number of research projects will be described ranging from adaptive personalised lab guides, through augmented reality interfaces, into contextualisation in virtual worlds.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Where: Room 124, School of Information Technologies, Building J12
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 9351 2612


  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Professor David Lowe is Associate Dean (Education) and Professor of Software Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney.

    He is also the CEO of The LabShare Institute, a not-for-profit organisation focused on sharing of teaching laboratory infrastructure through the use of remote access technologies.

    He has active research interests in the areas of real-time information management, and software engineering.

    Two key areas of current focus are on real-time control of embedded systems in the web environment, and remote access to, and control of, physical laboratory systems.

    He has published widely, including three textbooks. He is also on numerous Web conference committees and journal editorial boards and is the current President of the Global Online Laboratory Consortium - an international association focused on remote laboratories.

Remote Laboratories: logistical enhancement of pedagogic innovation?

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