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Heat Transfer Virtual Lab for Students and Engineers by Harshad Mahajan, Ella Fridman

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CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

The objective of this project is to design a user-friendly and efficient system for interactive, online operation of remote education laboratory equipment and experiments utilizing the Internet. This chapter introduces the concept and short history of Virtual Laboratory and discusses its needs and advantages. As a part of the requirements analysis for the Virtual Lab project, we touch upon topics such as the overall system architecture and model hierarchy, role design, and web user interface design. This chapter lays the foundation for the rest of the book.

1.1   HISTORY OF DISTANCE LEARNING AND CONCEPT OF VIRTUAL LAB

During the last decade, we have witnessed rapid developments of computer networks and Internet technologies ...

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