Design and implementation of VPL: A virtual programming laboratory for online distance learning

Alvin T.S. Chan, Jiannong Cao, Chi Kin Liu, Weidong Cao

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The virtual programming lab (VPL) project described in this paper offers is designed to facilitate Internet access to application software. It emulates a real computing laboratory environment that promotes group learning and project management. The laboratory resources are situated at the university and are centrally controlled. Users of the virtual programming laboratory include students, tutors and administrators of the system. Users can be located at different geographical locations and remotely access applications through the Internet. The virtual programming lab design is based on a distance education concept. This paper focuses on the design and development of the runtime modules within the VPL framework. These runtime modules provide underlying services that drive the launching of applications, file management and communications services. In addition, this paper presents an evaluation of the performance of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-519
Number of pages11
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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