Virtual/Remote Labs for Automation Teaching: A Cost Effective Approach
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© 2019, IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Hosting by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.Current advances in Information Technology have allowed the development of high performance communication systems in automatic control applications, as well as high fidelity manufacturing system simulators. A hybrid proposal that combines virtual and remote laboratories approaches for teaching industrial automation courses is presented. Several competencies and skills based on different challenges and active learning techniques are promoted. The proposal requires low investment and operating costs, in addition to being easily scalable. Some elements that influence the teaching/learning process are analyzed. Early results have been successful and can serve as a guide to improve teaching/learning process in experimental automation courses.