Designing project-based cross-unit laboratory through cloud computing technologies towards collaborative, authentic and flexible learning

Awarded an Education Innovation Grant to the value of $34, 983.

Project Description

This project aims to develop innovative project-based cross-unit laboratories for six units of study selected from software and networking areas that cover different aspects of software development lifecycle. The project enables student to have a comprehensive understanding of large software project and how the knowledge and skills learnt in different units of study can be fitted in. The laboratories are designed based on cloud computing technologies, i.e., Amazon Web Services, which is the key platform in this project. It leverages the collaboration among students from different units of study to work on one large software project, which facilitates the collaborative project-based learning. Working in the authentic cloud computing platform to solve problems in authentic software projects derived from real business cases, student will produce authentic software in the laboratory, where authentic assessment of students’ learning can be facilitated in units of study. The utilisation of AWS in laboratory is a good complement to the local laboratory support environment, which can maximise the flexibility and foster excellence and innovation in students’ learning process.

The Team

Dr Dong Yuan
Dong Xu
Rafael Calvo
Wei Bao
Associate Professor
Bing Zhou

2017 Project Updates


The units of study to be included in this project for Semester 2 2017 are ELEC5517, ELEC5619, ELEC5620, ELEC5622 and COMP5416. To date, all the coordinators and lectures of the involved units have been consulted about the requirements of lab projects. Based on the requirements, the software project “Personal Health Management Platform” has been specified as the lab project for students to work with.

The program developer has been hired to assist the team developing the lab tasks and to develop a web portal for the registration of students who participate this project.