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Weblabs at MIT A Retrospective Perspective. Clark K. Colton Department of Chemical Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA USA. How did it get started? How was it funded? How did it work out? What are the challenges for the future?. A Brief History of MIT Weblabs.

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Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

Weblabs at MIT

A Retrospective Perspective

Clark K. Colton

Department of Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA USA

How did it get started?

How was it funded?

How did it work out?

What are the challenges for the future?


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

A Brief History of MIT Weblabs

MIT

Jesus del Alamo

Clark K. Colton

Rest of World

1993-95

Jame Trevelyan

University of Western Australia

Jim Henry

University of Tennessee

Telerobots on the internet

Process control on the internet with Labview

1995-2000

Others

.

.

.

Microelectronics Weblab

Animation Weblab

Transistor electronic

characteristics 15 sec

Flow meter calibration by bucket and stopwatch

2000-02

Microsoft iCampus Grant to MIT (35 projects/5 yr)

iLabs Project: Jesus del Alamo PI

Objective: Demonstrate feasibility of diverse weblabs

http://swiss.csail.mit.edu/projects/icampus/projects/ilab.html


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

A Brief History of MIT Weblabs

MIT

Jesus del Alamo

Clark K. Colton

Rest of World

1993-95

Jame Trevelyan

University of Western Australia

Jim Henry

University of Tennessee

Telerobots on the internet

Process control on the internet with Labview

1995-2000

Others

.

.

.

Microelectronics Weblab

Animation Weblab

Transistor electronic

characteristics 15 sec

Flow meter calibration by bucket and stopwatch

2000-02

Microsoft iCampus Grant to MIT (35 projects/5 yr)

iLabs Project: Jesus del Alamo PI

Objective: Demonstrate feasibility of diverse weblabs

http://swiss.csail.mit.edu/projects/icampus/projects/ilab.html

Microelectronics iLab

iLab Heat Transfer Project

Three labs in three subjects

Three heat exchangers

Conduction, convection, radiation

http://heatex.mit.edu

Exchanger performance

Process control

Five experiments

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2002/heatexchange-0522.html


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

A Brief History of MIT Weblabs

MIT

Jesus del Alamo

Clark K. Colton

Rest of World

2002

>200 reports

iLabs Project: Steve Lerman Co-PI

Center for Educational Computing Initiatives

http://icampus.mit.edu/iLabs/architecture/


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

A Brief History of MIT Weblabs

MIT

Jesus del Alamo

Clark K. Colton

Rest of World

2002

>200 reports

iLabs Project: Steve Lerman Co-PI

Center for Educational Computing Initiatives

http://icampus.mit.edu/iLabs/architecture/

iLabs - Africa

Steve Lerman and Jesus del Alamo, Co-PI

Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York

2005


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

A Brief History of MIT Weblabs

MIT

Jesus del Alamo

Clark K. Colton

Rest of World

2002

>200 reports

iLabs Project: Steve Lerman Co-PI

Center for Educational Computing Initiatives

http://icampus.mit.edu/iLabs/architecture/

iLabs - Africa

Steve Lerman and Jesus del Alamo, Co-PI

Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York

2005

2008

Funding winding down: One Programmer

iLab Archecture Software

Batch: In use in Africa

Interactive:

To be tested at MIT (heat exchanger)

and Univ. W. Australia (fluid mechanics)


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

Jesus del Alamo (EECS)

PI

Steve Lerman (CECI)

Co-PI

Microsoft iCampus Grant

iLabs Project

iLabs Software

Architecture

Development

iLabs Hardware

and Implementation

in Classes

Carnegie Corporation

iLabs in Sub-Sahara

Africa


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

iLabs Project

(Microsoft iCampus)

Salary

MIT Chemical

Engineering Dept.

Hardware

Internet

Animation

Carnegie

Corporation

Cambridge-MIT

Institute


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

MIT Weblabs at Other Schools

Microelectronics

Heat Exchanger

Heat exchanger performance

Process Control

Brown University

University of Texas

Cambridge-MIT Institute (Nigeria)

Obafemi Awolowo University

Cambridge-MIT Institute*

University of Toledo (Ohio)

Ongoing

*

Sub-Sahara Africa


Weblabs at mit a retrospective perspective

Issues and Challenges

Development of Interactive Community

Hardware and Software

Internet Distribution

Utility of specific experiments

Narrow or broad applicability

Infrastructure costs

Economy of scale

Quality of components

Robustness

Initial cost

Maintenance – Hardware

Maintenance – Software

Batch vs. interactive

Simple free standing

Complex shared

Student-grade vs. industrial-grade

architecture

Summary of Student Assessments (Heat Transfer for Weblabs)

The weblab was educational.

The weblab was fun.

I prefer the weblab/hands on experiment.

High agreement

Moderate agreement

50/50 split


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