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Design And Implementation Of A Case Study And Multimedia Courseware For The Multidisciplinary Classroom

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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12.447.1 - 12.447.11



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Gina Montgomery Auburn University

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Gina Montgomery is a doctoral student at Auburn University studying the Management of Information Technology and Innovation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and holds various industry certifications. Mrs. Montgomery's research interests include innovations in the classroom, data security concerns, and risk management. She expects to complete her graduate studies in 2010.

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Chetan Sankar Auburn University

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P.K. Raju Auburn University

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Design and Implementation of a Case Study and Multimedia Courseware for the Multidisciplinary Classroom Abstract

The Mauritius Auditorium Design multimedia case study was developed based on real-world problems that arose during the construction of the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Center on the island of Mauritius by an Indian construction company. Design issues arose due to differences in the cultural backgrounds of the designers and users of the polyvalent hall located in the convention center. Four different solutions were possible to solve the acoustic problem that arose.

The multi-media software package provides background information about the companies, architects, and acoustic consultants, as well as documents that describe the problem with the design and the alternative solutions proposed. Various tools enhance the student's learning experience:

Instant access to common Glossary terms via mouse-over Interactive reverberation simulator to demonstrate design and material effects on the reverberation time of a small room. Video interviews with company managers and engineers explaining the problem, alternatives, design issues, and business ethics that must be considered in global engineering endeavors Exposure to a real-world problem in the classroom Interactive sound simulator for learning about the effects of reverberation time on the use of the hall for different events such as conferences, rock concerts, and automobile shows Direct access to desired content through the categorized Sitemap Interactive decision support system (DSS) for use in evaluating design alternatives

The multimedia software offers an effective way for engineering students to see how global engineering design decisions are made and understand the importance of acoustics in auditorium design. Included multimedia content was compiled by an international team of graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty members spanning two universities on two continents. Executives and engineers at the international engineering firm responsible for this project also provided interviews and materials for developing this case study.

This case study and the associated CD-ROM are available to students and faculty members through an e-commerce website. Widespread use of this case study at several institutions will provide further feedback on the value of multi-media case studies in improving engineering education.


Preeminence in technological innovation depends on a wide array of factors, one of which is leadership in engineering research, education, and practice. As other nations increase their investments in engineering research and education, the U.S. risks falling behind in critical

Montgomery, G., & Sankar, C., & Raju, P. (2007, June), Design And Implementation Of A Case Study And Multimedia Courseware For The Multidisciplinary Classroom Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1842

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