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A Web Based Measurement Lab For Thermal Science

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Unique Lab Experiments

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7.129.1 - 7.129.8



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Michael Voon

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F.C. Lai

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Chean Chin Ngo

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Session 2526

A Web-Based Measurement Lab for Thermal Sciences

C. C. Ngo, M. J.-F. Voon, and F. C. Lai School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 73019


This paper presents how multimedia technology can be implemented over the web to enhance the learning experience of students at the University of Oklahoma in a measurement lab for thermal sciences. A web-based module has been developed to present course materials in dynamic and interactive ways. This courseware not only introduces fundamental theories about measurement, but also details the experimental setup and procedure for each lab assignment. In addition, it has a unique component called “Virtual Lab” in which students can learn the operatio n of advanced and sophisticated instruments which are not normally available in undergraduate teaching labs. The implementation of “Virtual Lab” can better utilized the resources available while providing an excellent learning opportunity for students. With the courseware available over the internet, students have easy access to the course materials anytime, anywhere. With the preview of each lab assignment, students find the lab session can be conducted more efficiently and more effectively.

I. Introduction

Over the past few years, the availability of internet and the advancement in the multimedia technology have provided tremendous opportunities for educators to revolutionize the teaching- learning enterprise and to improve the quality of engineering education. However, most of the web-based courseware or online classes are mainly devoted to lecture-type courses. Web-based courseware for laboratories is still limited and apparently deserves more attention.

Web-based lab courseware offers many additional advantages over regular courseware. First, it provides an easy access for students to preview/review the course materials. Particularly, after preview the lab assignment with demonstration through the web, students will be able to conduct their experiment more efficiently and more effectively. This can considerably shorten the lab hours. For institutes that have limited resources in lab equipment or instrument, this can also shorten the turn-around time for equipment/instrument sharing, which allows more students to conduct an experiment in an allocated time. Another advantage is that, using multimedia

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Voon, M., & Lai, F., & Ngo, C. C. (2002, June), A Web Based Measurement Lab For Thermal Science Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11282

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