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Grid-based interactive virtual scientific experiments for distributed virtual communities

Christou, Ioannis, Tiropanis, Thanassis, Tsekeridou, Sofia and Roussos, Konstantinos (2010) Grid-based interactive virtual scientific experiments for distributed virtual communities International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 20, (6), pp. 443-464.

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Today, distance learning classes are commonly offered from many leading universities around the world. A major challenge in such distributed classrooms is the formation of active virtual communities among the participating students. Shared virtual laboratories offer such a possibility as students form lab teams to run the same interactive simulation and in the course of such experiments learn to interact and understand each other better. A virtual scientific experiment architectural framework on top of a grid infrastructure for running interactive virtual laboratory experiments for such distributed student communities with visualisation capabilities was designed and implemented, using web services standard protocols such as WSDL and WS-notification as implemented in the WSRF specification. This paper reports on results from running such simulations on a local grid infrastructure. System evaluation results from a distributed pool of students show the added value of the system in enhancing distance-learning programs and virtual classes with extensible collaborative and interactive virtual laboratories sessions.

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Published date: November 2010
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2010.037786
Keywords: virtual scientific experiments, VSEs, virtual communities, web services, grid-based virtual laboratories, distance learning, collaborative learning, distributed computing, network simulation, shared virtual laboratories, online communities, web based communities, grid computing, virtual classes, e-learning, electronic learning, online learning
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 271862
PURE UUID: deeb023d-aefd-41c1-be79-5a756363d5a1
ORCID for Thanassis Tiropanis: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 04 Jan 2011 12:07
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:37

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Author: Ioannis Christou
Author: Sofia Tsekeridou
Author: Konstantinos Roussos

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