Cloud E-learning for Mechatronics: CLEM

Kuo-Ming Chao, Anne James, Antonios G. Nanos, Jen-Hsiang Chen, Sergiu-Dan Stan, Ionut Muntean, Giorgio Figliolini, Pierluigi Rea, Chedli B. Bouzgarrou, Pavel Vitliemov, Joshua Cooper, Jurgen van Capelle

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This paper describes results of the CLEM project, Cloud E-learning for Mechatronics. CLEM is an example of a domain-specific cloud that is especially tuned to the needs of VET (Vocational, Education and Training) teachers. An interesting development has been the creation of remote laboratories in the cloud. Learners can access such laboratories to support their practical learning of mechatronics without the need to set up laboratories at their own institutions. The cloud infrastructure enables multiple laboratories to come together virtually to create an ecosystem for educators and learners. From such a system, educators can pick and mix materials to create suitable courses for their students and the learners can experience different types of devices and laboratories through the cloud. The paper provides an overview of this new cloud-based e-learning approach and presents the results. The paper explains how the use of cloud computing has enabled the development of a new method, showing how a holistic e-learning experience can be obtained through use of static, dynamic and interactive material together with facilities for collaboration and innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-59
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Early online date4 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

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The work presented in this paper is supported by the European Commission Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme (Project Name: Cloud E-learning in Mechatronics Technology, Project Number: 518656-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-Leonardo-LMP)


  • Cloud computing
  • Mechatronics
  • E-learning
  • Remote virtual laboratories
  • Community
  • Ecosystem


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