Project Idea | (Remote Lab Assistance)

The idea is to provide a framework for students and instructor. The framework provides an instructor-friendly remote monitoring of lab, effective evaluation, and grading methodology. The system also provides a student-friendly remote login, software access, and problem resolution through effective help from the teacher. The framework can be easily implemented as a client–server in Java.

Features:
Instructor Panel:
    a) Sees icons for all students. Can click on an icon to see what student is doing.
    b) Can chat with students
    c) Can identify copying/opening windows other than IDE. An icon blinks if there is a sudden change in picture.

Student Panel:
    a) Can send a help request to instructor.
    b) Can chat with instructor

Implementation:
We can capture screenshots of all students and send them at fixed intervals (say 2 seconds) to the instructor.

Tools:
Java provides rich libraries for networking and Image processing. Java and Netbeans can be downloaded from below link:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Research:
a) Image compression techniques specialized for images that contains programming text.
b) Feature (c) mentioned in instructor panel is interesting.

Reference:
IEEE Transaction paper on Addressing the Bandwidth Efficiency, Control, and Evaluation Issues in Software Remote Laboratory

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