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Design And Implementation Of An Internet Portal For Basic Statics And Dynamics Courses

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.329.1 - 6.329.18

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Vikas Yellamraju

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Kurt Gramoll

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Session 1302

Design and Implementation of an Internet Portal for Basic Statics and Dynamics Courses

Yellamraju Vikas and Kurt Gramoll Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Oklahoma


The Internet has revolutionized the way information and knowledge is shared and used. It is nowhere more evident than in e-based education systems. Online courses and web-based learning management systems are important breakthroughs for students and cost-conscious instructors and education institutions. With rapid technological changes and shifts in educational practices, the education system is challenged with providing increased educational opportunities and providing for lifelong learning. However the implementation of such systems has been difficult due in part to the lack of proper organization and administration by education institutions and student access to the useful programs. Web based learning essentially uses special capabilities of the Internet to deliver methods for learning to improve the way that engineering students can understand engineering principals. This paper discusses an innovative use of delivering course content for Static’s and Dynamics over the Internet so that other instructors have access to the material and can be used in their own courses.

The project involved in developing a long term scalable system and a strong backbone which connects different kinds of resources and has an integrated system wherein any instructor can set up his own class, manage his own set of students and administer testing and evaluation methods. But unlike similar systems like WebCT or Blackboard, this system includes content so that the instructor does not have to develop problems and it is freely available to all institutions. The system has been used at University of Oklahoma (OU) where selected Dynamics and Static’s engineering courses are taught using laptop computers (required at OU with wireless network connection), CD-ROMs, and the Internet. This project involves giving all instructors the opportunity to set up their own Internet class where students can go and view the lectures online, learn the course material and take home works and tests. Each class is independent of another class thereby giving different instructors at different places opportunity to use the system and manage their classes. All information related to instructors and students are stored in a database and are retrieved upon request of the user and dynamic web pages are created based upon such requests. Instructors use a common pool of questions in a database library to set up their home works and tests. The system then records and stores the information sent by users and grades the responses. Each instructor has administrative control over his class wherein he can add/delete students, manage student information, manage home works, quizzes and tests, set up points and view score reports and e-mail students. The system has security features where instructor can

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Yellamraju, V., & Gramoll, K. (2001, June), Design And Implementation Of An Internet Portal For Basic Statics And Dynamics Courses Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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