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Design A Lab Manual Of Plastics Materials Testing Course Using Multimedia

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.191.1 - 5.191.5



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Seung H. Kim

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James Scudder

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Session 2249

Design a Lab Manual of Plastic Materials Testing Course Using Multimedia

Seung Kim and James Scudder

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science

Rochester Institute of Technology


Education technology is on the brink of a new era based on the rapid advancement in computer and communication technologies. For the past several years, computer technology has been used in education to prepare students for tomorrow’s technological changes. The paradigm of teaching engineering technology courses has been challenged by making undergraduate experiences more relevant to the needs of the manufacturing industry and global competition. Thus, the use of the computer technology has been an important tool to meet such needs for the improvement of engineering technology education.

In distance education, a multimedia-based teaching tool has the potential to meet changing educational needs: particularly, the student’s needs to choose his/her own time, place, and study style. A number of universities have responded to the trend in the use of computer technology in education1-4. More significantly, multimedia technology has been exploited as an advanced tool in distance education. The value of such multimedia-based teaching tools to the distance education lies not only in supporting fundamental functions in education, but also in transforming traditional teaching mechanisms to computer-screen-based interactive structures.

The goals in the development of the multimedia-based laboratory manual in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) programs are to provide fundamental information and to visualize laboratory practices in plastics testing for distance-learning students. This paper presents the development of a multimedia-based laboratory manual in plastics testing in the distance-learning program in the MMET Department at R.I.T. The paper also considers some change needed to improve teaching quality by adapting asynchronous interactions.

Kim, S. H., & Scudder, J. (2000, June), Design A Lab Manual Of Plastics Materials Testing Course Using Multimedia Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8263

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