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Development of Online Optical Fiber Communications Experiments using the Interactive ILabs Shared Architecture

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2015
Angelina Misso, Alfred Mwambela

Angelina Misso and Alfred Mwambela. Article: Development of Online Optical Fiber Communications Experiments using the Interactive ILabs Shared Architecture. International Journal of Computer Applications 131(11):6-13, December 2015. Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA. BibTeX

	author = {Angelina Misso and Alfred Mwambela},
	title = {Article: Development of Online Optical Fiber Communications Experiments using the Interactive ILabs Shared Architecture},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2015},
	volume = {131},
	number = {11},
	pages = {6-13},
	month = {December},
	note = {Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA}


An intervention approach in introducing new online fiber optic communications labs in an operating environment where resources for establishing new conventional labs are limited is presented. The focus of this educational intervention is on the technological aspect required to develop and deploy the labs online. The developed labs demonstrated some of the distinctive features of fiber optic communications compared to the conventional electronics copper wire communications media. Telecommunications kits from Emona – FOTEx, National Instruments – ELVIS II hardware platform and MIT iLabs Shared Architecture remote lab framework were used to develop and deploy online fiber optic experiments. The developed labs have provided means for students to perform relatively new lab work anytime, anywhere. The sharing aspects extend their accessibility to other institutions with similar operating environment and limited technical know-how on managing remote labs.


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