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12 Nov 2015

University wins prestigious e-Learning award

The team with the remote lab

Dr Richard Blanchard and Dr Sheryl Williams have been presented with the 2015 e-Learning Excellence Award for their work on the Photovoltaic Remote Laboratory.

The award for the remote laboratory project was presented at the 14th European Conference on e-Learning. It beat off competition from 60 other entries from as far afield as Australia, South Africa and Canada.

The remote laboratory enables distance learning students to perform real experiments, via the internet on a rig, to allow them to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between different photovoltaic module types, irradiance and temperature.

Richard said: “I am truly delighted that all the hard work by everyone who has been involved in this unique development has been recognised.  We are planning to develop additional remote laboratories for wind energy and micro-grids”.

Sheryl added: “We are especially pleased that the main reasons cited for us winning this prestigious award were innovation and complexity. All the team can be very proud. The fact that students all over the world get to benefit from an enhanced learning experience is a tremendous achievement.”

See more information on the remote lab.