June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Computers in Education
22.43.1 - 22.43.13
AGame‐basedLaboratoryforGearDesign Recent research indicates that computer games share many characteristics with problem-solvingactivities, such as the construction of a problem context, multiple paths to a specific goal,collaboration between multiple participants, unknown outcomes as well as elements ofcompetition and chance. Taking advantage of game technology for offering truly immersive andinteractive learning experiences has now become a real possibility. Such game-based educationalenvironments involve synchronous student interaction mediated through a computer network,and they benefit the students by stimulating the different modalities of learning, i.e. visual, audio,read/write and kinesthetic.This paper presents the development of a game-based laboratory for gear train design, whichgoes beyond static demonstrations or conventional computer simulations. This gear trainlaboratory provides the students with the flexibility to perform many fundamental experimentsrelated to the concepts of the fundamental law of gearing and to the planetary motion of gears. Inthis virtual environment, the students, the instructor and the teaching assistant are representedand interact as virtual characters (avatars). The scripted scenario for the laboratory exercise willbe piloted in the Fall 2010 semester in “Mechanisms and Machine Dynamics”, a junior levelcourse for mechanical engineering majors. Assessment tools such as pre- and post-experimenttests are an integral part of the gaming laboratory environment and form the basis for providingdifferent levels of support to the students at every step of the laboratory exercise. Furthermore,the game environment can be equipped with functionality for monitoring the students’ progressand learning outcomes, thus enabling skill-based assessment.
Chang, Y., & Aziz, E., & Esche, S. K., & Chassapis, C. (2011, June), A Game-based Laboratory for Gear Design Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17325
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