RE-OPEN Project

RE-OPEN - REmote labOratories for Practical Experiments on renewable energies at EU uNiversities is a European Erasmus+ project that is working to promote the digital transformation of Higher Education by encouraging an easy and constant access to experimental labs on renewable energies at EU universities. The project will run for 2 years between 2021 and 2023.

 

ERASMUS + Program 2020 - KA2 High Education Project nº: 2020-1-IT02-KA226-HE-095424

 

The social restrictions due to Covid-19, necessary to guarantee the safety of citizenship, have shown that the current education system needs to be updated. STEM careers have been particularly affected, as hands-on experiments are crucial parts of science and technology education. RE-OPEN is the solution to overcome the challenges of online education by creating an infrastructure of collaborative remote laboratories in EU universities.

 

The project aims to set up, test and validate a standardized ICT solution and an educational model to carry out remote laboratory activities, merging online and traditional learning and allowing students to experience practical activities / experiments integrated with theoretical lessons on renewable energy subjects at EU universities.

 

 

Project Partners

  • Universita degli studi Guglielmo Marconi - Telematica Italy (Coordinator)
  • Fachhochschule Technikum Wien Austria
  • Munster Technological University, Ireland
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU Norway
  • Universidad de Huelva Spain
  • VJ Technology S.R.L. Italy 

 

 

Project Deliverables

The project is

  • Report on best practices and standard model for remote labs
  • Setup in EU universities
  • Remote laboratory ICT system
  • Remote experimentation modules/projects on renewable energy
  • Learning management system (LMS)
  • Testing and validation report

 

Throughout the duration of the project, the partners will work collaboratively bringing together their experiences of developing remote laboratory experiments. This will guide the development of a standardised approach to support remote laboratory access and integrating this experience in Learning Management Systems. System testing will be achieved by partners integrating the prototype RE-OPEN laboratories into the curriculum in their respective institutions The effectiveness of each remote laboratory will be analysed after a testing period with students in each partner institution.

 

 

Project Outputs

The HELP project will assess the impact of the RE-OPEN remote laboratory infrastructure and delivery to enable conclusions to be drawn on the efficacy of the equipment and platform in enabling distance, remote and blended education. The finalized designs and systems specifications will be disseminated for use in other education institutes.

 

 

Project News

The project commenced in April 2021, with the first virtual meeting between partners taking place on 26th April to launch the project and coordinate tasks to meet the project objectives.

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