REV2016 24-26 February 2016, UNED, Madrid, Spain

REV2016 24-26 February 2016, UNED, Madrid, Spain

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The Special Session "Open Educational Resources and Competences related with Practices and Laboratories" is Co-Located with 13th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV2016).


A fundamental strength of many engineering courses is engaging students to foster the connection between theories and their appropriate practical applications. The objective of this special session within the 13th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2016) is to provide a forum to discuss about experiences in learning and teaching Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Competences related with Practices / Laboratories. Following milestones of main conference, this special session aims to stimulate also an open discussion and a reflection of experience in the use of innovative experiments in engineering education.

As a result, this special session will focus on the two following main concepts (i) Innovative experiences using OER to demonstrate and present both scientific and educational studies using OER-based novel educational research techniques, and (ii) Novel solutions to promote development of competences using remote and / or virtual laboratories to discuss concepts of different engineering labs.

Proposal and Ideas

Several ideas and proposals will be inside this Special session, for example:

  • Connection of Open Educational Resources with Simulation and Remote Laboratories in General Electronics
  • The present status of repositories and the integration of the Open Educational resources in a new way of finishing and sharing are giving us a new collaboration and synergy with the use of simulation, virtual and remote laboratories
  • This new approach together with the new integration of immersive environments and virtual worlds, new laboratories development and new educational resources linked with them will change the view that we have for the future of these integration.
  • Educational Experiences on Experimentation with Optimization Algorithms
  • A long tradition of experimentation exists in algorithm courses, generally focused on their time performance. It is also common in introductory courses on computer programming to experiment with correctness using a number of testing techniques. However, many of the algorithms addressed in algorithm courses exhibit a third property, namely optimality. In the same vein as the other two properties, it is important to experiment with optimality if we want students to achieve a deep understanding of this property.
  • In this proposal, we present our experiences integrating experimentation with optimality into assignments of algorithm courses. Early experiences were limited to a simple class of optimization algorithms, greedy algorithms. Afterwards, we extended these experiences to more complex design techniques: backtracking, dynamic programming, and approximation algorithms. We will also report in the paper on the difficulties and misunderstandings detected in students regarding optimality, as well as on the instructional interventions we designed to alleviate these difficulties.
  • eMadrid project ( will contribute with several publication proposal as well as reviewers to support the Special Session

Topics of Interest

The target audience will be educators and researchers that are within the scope of interest at main conference REV 2016. Aspects should show enough evidences to achieve intended learning outcomes more effectively.

The topics of paper contributions for this special session include (but are not limited to):

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Practical resources end Open repositories
  • Practical Competences
  • Remote and virtual laboratories
  • Remote instrumentation and engineering
  • Experimentation of software processes

Important Dates

01 Sep 2015Call for Papers
01 Oct 2015Submission of structured abstracts for full and short papers, PhD Student’s Forum and special session proposals
20 Oct 2015Invitation to submit a full paper or short paper
15 Nov 2015Submission deadline for complete papers and all other submissions (Special Sessions, Work in Progress Papers, Demos, Tutorials, Workshops)
15 Dec 2015Notification of Acceptance
15 Jan 2016Author registration and camera-ready due
24 Feb 2016Conference Opening

Manuscript Submission

Before preparing your paper, please read carefully the instructions for authors, then submit it to the Conference Submission System within "Special Session" being selected as “Manuscript Type” in the corresponding menu.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by selected experts from REV 2016 program committee and the Special Session organizers that will follow same review standards and processes of main conference. Accepted contributions will be included into proceedings of the main conference.


Presented papers will be published in the REV2016 Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Explore (more details here: Proceedings). If accepted and published (which is usually true for this conference), other indexing services evaluate conferences and independently determine what they will index. Non show presentations will not be published.

Program Committee

For further information about preparation of contributions for this special session, contact the Special Session co-chairs.


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