Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2014 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


1-12 (24.660)

Conference Name

2014 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 15-18, 2014


When teaching PLC classes in the distance-education (DE) program, one of the main problems is to provide hands-on experience to students. This is because students can only use design software to complete their homework and lab problems without being able to touch PLCs or wire ladder logic diagrams. In this paper, the authors develop a virtual laboratory to help DE students gain hands-on wiring experience in the automation control classes. The development significantly shortens the gap on the issue of hands-on experience between on-campus students and DE students. To increase the performance of safety and effectiveness, on-campus students can also take the advantage of using the software before implementing their laboratory works or submitting homework problems.


© 2014 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 15-18, 2014.

Original Publication Citation

Lin, C. Y., Shen, Y., & Tomovic, M. (2014). Hands-on homework or laboratory development for distance learning students in programmable logical controller (PLC). Paper presented at the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana.


0000-0002-0938-4237 (Tomovic)