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The VISIR+ Project – Preliminary Results of the Training Actions

  • M. C. Viegas
  • G. Alves
  • A. Marques
  • N. Lima
  • C. Felgueiras
  • R. Costa
  • A. Fidalgo
  • I. Pozzo
  • E. Dobboletta
  • J. Garcia-Zubia
  • U. Hernandez
  • M. Castro
  • F. Loro
  • Danilo Garbi Zutin
  • C. Kreiter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 22)

Abstract

Experimental competences allow engineering students to consolidate knowledge and skills. Remote labs are a powerful tool to aid students in those developments. The VISIR remote lab was considered the best remote lab in the world in 2015. The VISIR+ project main goal is to spread VISIR usage in Brazil and Argentina, providing technical and didactical support. This paper presents an analysis of the already prosecuted actions regarding this project and an assessment of their impact in terms of conditioning factors. The overall outcomes are highly positive since, in each Latin American Higher Education Institution, all training actions were successful, the first didactical implementations were designed and ongoing in the current semester. In some cases, instead of one foreseen implementation, there are several. The most statistically conditioning factors which affected the outcomes were the pre-experience with remote labs, the pre-experience with VISIR and the training actions duration. The teachers’ perceptions that most conditioned their enrollment in implementing VISIR in their courses were related to their consciousness of the VISIR effectiveness to teach and learn. The lack of time to practice and discuss their doubts and the fulfillment of their expectations in the training actions, also affected how comfortable in modifying their course curricula teachers were.

Keywords

Remote labs VISIR Didactical approaches 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The authors would like to acknowledge the support given by the European Commission through grant 561735-EPP-1-2015-1-PT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Viegas
    • 1
  • G. Alves
    • 1
  • A. Marques
    • 1
  • N. Lima
    • 1
  • C. Felgueiras
    • 1
  • R. Costa
    • 1
  • A. Fidalgo
    • 1
  • I. Pozzo
    • 2
  • E. Dobboletta
    • 2
  • J. Garcia-Zubia
    • 3
  • U. Hernandez
    • 3
  • M. Castro
    • 4
  • F. Loro
    • 4
  • Danilo Garbi Zutin
    • 5
  • C. Kreiter
    • 5
  1. 1.School of EngineeringPolytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.National Council of Scientific and Technical ResearchRosarioArgentina
  3. 3.University of DeustoDeustoSpain
  4. 4.National University of Distance EducationMadridSpain
  5. 5.Carinthia University of Applied SciencesVillachAustria

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