There is an explosive growth in e-Learning platforms, jointly developed by multiple institutions, which provide for virtual learning content. However, many are inadequate to support the complex requirements for collaborative development of distributed learning such as accommodation of wide-ranging technologies, servers, and remote equipment controlled by diverse software. Our solution is a multi-tier architecture that supports collaborative development, publishing in various online and print formats, security, audit, and access controls. Our design considerations include a highly scalable platform, use of open technologies, templates that provide pedagogical structure, multilingual functionality, and shared virtual availability of lab equipment from multiple geographic locations, along with secure access to remote equipment.
Prof. Prema Nedungadi, Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Pradeep, P., and Raghu Raman, “Pedagogical Support for Collaborative Development of Virtual and Remote Labs: Amrita VLCAP”, in Cyber-Physical Laboratories in Engineering and Science Education, M. E. Auer, Azad, A. K. M., Edwards, A., and de Jong, T., Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp. 219–240.