Contribution to the Setting up of a Remote Practical Work Platform for STEM: The Case of Agriculture
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Several approaches have been proposed to make practical work available in e-learning trainings. The visits of field represent an indispensable complement to the theoretical course given to students in the natural sciences and life sciences. Biodiversity areas may be politically unstable and potentially dangerous for non-residents. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the improvement of distance education in agricultural sectors by providing a collaborative platform for virtual field visits and even sharing resources.
To do this, we combine the intelligence of the Web of Things (WoT) with the power of WebRTC. Our contribution applies first to distance education in agriculture. However, our experimental results may be relevant for other STEM disciplines.
This platform, based on the WebRTC Kurento multimedia server and the Web of Things (WoT), allows the teacher and a group of students to go to the field to carry out practical work. The results of this outing are broadcast in real time for other students who are not on site.
KeywordsWoT STEM WebRTC Kurento
The authors kindly thank colleagues who helped them to achieve this paper, especially the members of RTN laboratory.
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