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Recommended Citation: Liegle, J O and P N Meso.  Evaluation of a Virtual Lab Environment for Teaching Web-Application Development.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §3522. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 5(7). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Evaluation of a Virtual Lab Environment for Teaching Web-Application Development

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Refereed9 pages
Jens O. Liegle    [a1] [a2]
Dept. of CIS
Georgia State University    [u1] [u2]
Atlanta, Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

Peter N. Meso    [a1] [a2]
Dept. of CIS
Georgia State University    [u1] [u2]
Atlanta, Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

In this paper we explore how one aspect of virtual computing the virtual lab effectively addresses many of the challenges of teaching web application development. Based on a case study at a large south-eastern university, we begin by providing a description of the technical resources needed to teach such a course. We then briefly describe the shortcomings of previous approaches for providing a suitable environment, followed by a description of the recently implemented virtual lab approach. Thereafter, we report results of a survey that asked students exposed to this environment about heir experience and perception of the virtual lab. The paper concludes with a discussion on the benefits, drawbacks, and lessons learned from the virtual lab approach.

Keywords: virtual lab, web design, computer programming

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