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Adapting Pervasive Learning Technologies To A Machine Vision Course

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Issues in Computer Education

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9.144.1 - 9.144.9



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Chi Thai

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Session 3420

Adapting Pervasive Learning Technologies to Machine Vision Course

Chi N. Thai University of Georgia Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department Athens, GA 30602-4435


An IT architecture suitable for teacher-centered active-learning approaches is proposed herein, using gigabit network and video conferencing equipment as well as network control and collaborative learning software. The chosen software approach supports interaction and collaboration features in the lecture delivery task, between teacher and students, as well as between students, within as well as outside of the classroom. This report describes the integration of two collaborative learning software packages "NetSupport Manager" and "Silicon Chalk" in the delivery of an Applied Machine Vision course whereas lecture, demonstration and laboratory activities are merged seamlessly. The system performance for a classroom having 12 student PCs and 1 teacher station is reported herein. This class was offered in Spring 04 but unfortunately no students enrolled for this class, thus we do not have student feedback on this instructional approach at this time.


Several reports from the National Research Council1, 2 advocated the adoption of Information Technology to improve student learning at the high school and university levels, but Hilton2 also acknowledged that "Information Technology (IT) is changing at a breathtaking pace, making it virtually impossible to accurately predict its future impact on teaching and learning in undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education". Maeroff's3 survey showed that "A Classroom of One" is just around the corner, and Raschke4 predicted that the University, as we know it, will be "deconstructed" in the near future as learning shifts from a teacher-initiated orientation to a more active role from the student. For this purpose, the National Science Foundation had been funding for more than a decade 7 Engineering Coalitions (Academy, ECSEL, Foundation, Gateway, Greenfield, SUCCEED, Synthesis) for researching and disseminating better methodologies for engineering education ( Recently, we also have Project Catalyst from Bucknell University to train engineering faculty for problem-based learning ( DiSessa5 and Shneiderman6 described innovative computing concepts and technologies better suited for human needs, especially in science and engineering education. Interestingly, Shneiderman's active learning approach goes beyond the academic realm to extend to the corporate community or civic

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Thai, C. (2004, June), Adapting Pervasive Learning Technologies To A Machine Vision Course Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13217

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