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Cbi Courseware Development Lessons Learned

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.118.1 - 4.118.6



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S. A. Chickamenahalli

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M. Bolepalli

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Venkateswaran Nallaperumal

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Chih-Ping Yeh

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Bonnie Shelnut

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Session 1647

CBI Courseware Development – Lessons Learned

S. Chickamenahalli, M. Bollepalli, V. Nallaperumal, C-P. Yeh, B. Shellnut Wayne State University/Greenfield Coalition


This paper presents our experiences while developing computer based instruction (CBI) materials for an Electrical Machines course for the NSF-funded Greenfield Coalition (NSF-GC) for new Manufacturing Education. Greenfield Coalition for new Manufacturing Education is a partnership of six diverse educational institutes and five manufacturing companies, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Focus: Hope, a civil rights organization that serves the Detroit community. The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) is Focus:Hope’s multi-level training facility. Greenfield Coalition was conceived to develop an innovative manufacturing technology and engineering curriculum. The electric machines course introduces industrial electric power sources and industrial applications of motors, generators, and transformers to associate level manufacturing engineering and technology students. The course is developed from an industrial electric systems perspective rather than from an electric circuit perspective. The goal of writing this paper is to partially enable future developers of CBI material, especially in mathematically intensive courses, to understand the dimensions of such developments. This project involved developers, specialized in electrical engineering, responsible for the technical content, an industry partner to provide feedback and inputs on material relevant to manufacturing, instructional technologists to insure ease of visual learning, specialists to help in devising modes for assessing learning of CBI material, graphic designers to create professional drawings and figures, multimedia specialists to develop animations based on written descriptions of the developers, and authoring tool experts to develop the material on Authorware and Flash screens.

1. Introduction

The growing need for improved education in technical fields has led to the development of innovative methods of instruction. Similarly, advances in computers have enabled the introduction of sophisticated delivery of instruction. Traditional methods, supplemented by audiovisual demonstrations and other learning vehicles, have been in use for the past seven years. The projects funded by the NSF and the U. S. Department of Education [1, 2] demonstrate the use of these techniques. There have been four instances [3-6] of multimedia approach to electrical engineering and technology courses. A more recent trend is towards devising Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) to provide an individual student with a self-paced learning environment. Three universities have developed instructional material CD-ROM’s in areas of thin film technologies, materials science and electric circuits [8-10]. A versatile analysis of learning styles and active learning techniques along with courseware approach for electric circuits is reported [11]. Student response to CBI [8] serves as a pertinent reference. Other sources include the IEEE Transactions on Education [12]. An electroscience development for the

Chickamenahalli, S. A., & Bolepalli, M., & Nallaperumal, V., & Yeh, C., & Shelnut, B. (1999, June), Cbi Courseware Development Lessons Learned Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. 10.18260/1-2--8029

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