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Virtual Labs. What do you think?
 
Hello Everyone,

Do you use e-labs in your e-learning process?

Let me introduce a system that has been developed recently in UIITE (http://uiite.org), NTUU «KPI». It has a purpose to let students work remotely with LabView .vi files. Using this system as virtual lab center will make e-learning more effective.

Now the system is working in demo-mode, that's why I'm writing this message now. I'd like to give demo-access to everyone who's interested.

That's how to reach the system:
  1. Open the URL: http://mslabs.org.ua/modules/filemanager/
  2. Log in as username: demo, password: demo, IdP: Demo-LDAP. (users can authenticate in various IdPs)
  3. Download and install LabView 7.0 runtime components (20 mbytes).
  4. There's one working .vi-file (demo.vi), you may launch it and look what happens.
We are planning to create a module for Moodle to make it possible to insert a remote LabView panel into a course. And not only remote LabView panel...Одобрить

Please post your comments. Thanks!
 
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That is a great idea really but I can't download content you say
thanks Michael
 
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Gentleman
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Indded, a virtual lab is a great idea and a must for undertaking experiments on-line
There is a pb with the link.
 
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Hi Michael,

This sounds like a great idea.  Has there been any progress on the development of this module?

 
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Our corporate organization is currently looking for a v-lab. We are currently using Moodle 1.9. Any progress on this?

 
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Picture of Luis de la Torre
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Not sure about where that work ended at.

However, stay tunned because here, at the Spanish Open University, we are almost ready to release a plugin for Moodle that would let users add virtual and remote laboratories created with Easy Java Simulations (http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/pmwiki.php).

You can have a look at http://unedlabs.dia.uned.es/ or at for a preview. Sorry, currently there are no sound or subtitles in the videos. I plan to add them any time soon.

As I said, we will probably release the plugins soon. It is a matter of just a coupled of months smile

 
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Woops, looks like I made a mistake with the url to the Easy Java Simulations webpage. Here it is again:

 

http://fem.um.es/Ejs/

 
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Ok, it is done!

I have been trying all day to upload the plugins using the "Register a new plugin" application. However, I couldn't figure out how to make it work and my uploaded files were never accepted.  So any help at this would be really appretiated smile

I was going to attached here the zip files with the modules we have developed but upload size limit wasn't big enough. However, you can find them here: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/CONTRIB-3733

Also, here is a small introduction.

You will find three different plugins:

  • vrlab -> This one is a module, so you should place it in your mod folder. It allows you to add EJS applets as new activities into your moodle courses.
  • vrlab_file_browser -> This is a small modification of the "My private files" block from version 2.1. It is able to receive files from the EJS applets added to your courses using the vrlab activity. It also recognizes EJS state files (which are in .xml format) so when you click in one of those files in your vrlab_file_browser block, Moodle will redirect you to the appropiate vrlab activity instance, load the EJS applet, read the xml file and load the simulation state previously saved.
  • vrlab_collab_session -> This is a new block which can be used along with the vrlab activity to create collaborative sessions for the collaborative features of EJS. Thanks to it, users can synchronously collaborate as they can work at the same time with the same EJS applet.

Requirements: EJS (build 120613 or later) and Moodle (it was tested on versions 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2, although during the last months we only used it with version 2.2).

In the next few days I will create some videos explaining how to use the three plugins so you can benefit from all the features described above.


Meanwhile, please feel free to try out our plugins. If you use EJS Im sure you will really love them. And if you do not know what EJS is (see my messages above), and you need to add experimentation capabilities in your Moodle course, you should really check it out.

 

By the way, this is my problem with the  "Register a new plugin" application, just in case anyone can help me here (sorry for the offtopic):

  • When I try to upload the zip with the vrlab plugin (haven't tried the other two yet), the Frankenstyle name is automatically set to mod_mod_vrlab. I guess this should be mod_vrlab so I must have an additional mod_ (which shouldn't be there) somewhere in a php file this application is reading.
  • When I change that name manually to mod_vrlab (I'm also selecting the checkbox "Rename root directory", just in case it should be named mod_vrlab and not vrlab), the page http://moodle.org/plugins/registerplugin.php seems to load something but then it stays blank.
  • Also, if I just select the checkbox "Rename root directory" (just in case it should be named mod_vrlab and not vrlab), I have exactly the same problem as in the last point.
 
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Picture of Joel Gogwim
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Hi Luis,

I stomble on your post as I am searching for how I could include lab simulated activities for my students on Moodle. Some thing like activity on how to configure a router on virtual lab.

Please I will need your assistance to achieve this dream. I tried to explore the plugins you mentioned but could not get through, I believe there is way out.

Looking forward to hear from you.

 

Thank you,

Joel.

 

 

 
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Picture of Luis de la Torre
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Hi Joel,

Updated info about the plugins (they are now called EJSApp), where to download them from, how to use them, etc. can be found in the next links:

http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/EJSApp

https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=mod_ejsapp

http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/Main/UsingEJSWithMoodle

https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=217163

Please note they are based on the use of EJS. Therefore, if you want to use them for embedding your virtual lab into Moodle, you will need to create the virtual lab in EJS.

I hope that gives you a good start point. If you need more help, do not hesitate to ask smile

 
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Picture of Joel Gogwim
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Hello Luis,

Thank you very much for the details. I discovered I need to upgrade my Moodle first. I will start from the basics and get back to you when necessary.

 

 

 
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Picture of Luis de la Torre
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My pleasure.

Yes, Moodle 2.x is a hard requirement for our plugins to work since we starting developing these add-ons just a few weeks before Moodle 2.0 was released.

Anyway, upgrading your Moodle 1.x to 2.x is always a good idea considering the numerous and cool new features.

If you are thinking about a virtual laboratory on how to configure a router, maybe I could be of some more help. I know some people here who created a remote laboratory about that specific topic. Also, using EJS, of course.

 
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If someone help me how i can  convert my VI Labview using EJSApp to integrate at  Moodle.

 

 
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