Virtual and remote labs in education: A bibliometric analysis
Ruben Heradio, Dpto. de Ingeniería de Software y Sistemas Informáticos, Spain ; Luis de la Torre, Daniel Galan, Dpto. de Informática y Automática, Spain ; Francisco Javier Cabrerizo, Dpto. de Ingeniería de Software y Sistemas Informáticos, Spain ; Enrique Herrera-Viedma, Dpto. de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial, Spain ; Sebastian Dormido, Dpto. de Informática y Automática, Spain
Computers & Education Volume 98, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Laboratory experimentation plays an essential role in engineering and scientific education. Virtual and remote labs reduce the costs associated with conventional hands-on labs due to their required equipment, space, and maintenance staff. Furthermore, they provide additional benefits such as supporting distance learning, improving lab accessibility to handicapped people, and increasing safety for dangerous experimentation. This paper analyzes the literature on virtual and remote labs from its beginnings to 2015, identifying the most influential publications, the most researched topics, and how the interest in those topics has evolved along the way. To do so, bibliographical data gathered from ISI Web of Science, Scopus and GRC2014 have been examined using two prominent bibliometric approaches: science mapping and performance analysis.
Heradio, R., de la Torre, L., Galan, D., Cabrerizo, F.J., Herrera-Viedma, E. & Dormido, S. (2016). Virtual and remote labs in education: A bibliometric analysis. Computers & Education, 98(1), 14-38. Elsevier Ltd.
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