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International Journal of Computer Games TechnologyVolume 2009 2009, Article ID 627109, 9 pages

Research Article

TERA Department, Italian Institute of Technology, Via Morego, 30. Genova 16163, Italy

Ecole des Mines de Nantes- 4 rue a. Kastler, 44000, Nantes, France

Received 11 September 2008; Revised 2 March 2009; Accepted 30 March 2009

Academic Editor: Abdennour  El Rhalibi

Copyright © 2009 R. Chellali et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Distant E-learning is a main issue nowadays, and it is strongly motivated by social andeconomical considerations. The increased people mobility and the reduction of educationalcosts push to develop ad hoc solutions enabling to access to knowledge regardless togeographical situation and economical capabilities. These parameters should not be limitsfor good training: learning material's pertinence and efficiency have to remain the core ofeducational activities. In this paper we address the problem through SyTroN: a tele-learningsystem. This system combines virtual reality and teleoperation techniques to offer an openplatform with two main objectives. The first one is to propose intuitive virtualclassrooms-desks, including a real teacher supervision and supporting collaborative andindividual distant learning. The second goal is to place learners in real conditions withremote connections to real devices allowing distant experimentations. Both goals participateto increase learning impacts and to reduce costs, that is, sharing costly real devices fromanywhere at any time. After 5 years of development, our work has been validated by anextensive use at a high engineering school. In situ tests and learning impact studies havebeen done. They show some advantages and some drawbacks of our global solution.

Author: R. Chellali, C. Dumas, Nicolas Mollet, and G. Subileau



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