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Designing Of A Course Content Server For The Distance Learning Delivery Format

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Distance and Web-Based Learning in ET: Part I

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Engineering Technology

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15.368.1 - 15.368.11



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Omer Farook Purdue University, Calumet

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Professor OMER FAROOK is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Farook received the Diploma of Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering and BSME in 1970 and 1972 respectively. He further received BSEE and MSEE in 1978 and 1983 respectively from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Professor Farook’s current interests are in the areas of Embedded System Design, Hardware –
Software Interfacing, Digital Communication, Networking, Image processing and Biometrics, C++, PHP and Java Languages. He has a keen interest in pedagogy and instruction delivery methods related to Distance learning.

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Chandra Sekhar Purdue University, Calumet

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Professsor CHANDRA R. SEKHAR is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Technology at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Sekhar earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Chemistry from the University of Madras (India), a Diploma in Instrumentation from Madras Institute of Technology and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of
Pennsylvania. Professor Sekhar’s primary teaching and research focus is in the areas of
Biomedical and Process Control Instrumentation and Clinical Engineering.

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Jai Agrawal Purdue University, Calumet


Essaid Bouktache Purdue University, Calumet

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Professor ESSAID BOUKTACHE is the Department Head and a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. Dr. Bouktache received his MS and Ph. D in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1980 and 1985, respectively. His research and teaching interests include Digital Signal Processing, Computer Networks, and
Digital Communications. Professor Bouktache has been with Purdue since 1992 and is a member
of IEEE and ASEE. He has several publications to his credit.

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Designing of a Course Content Server for the Distance Learning Delivery Format


The paper expounds how within the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology the need to deliver the courses in the distance learning format is achieved by designing the departmental Course Content Web Server. This multi prong task is under taken by the faculty with the intent to design a non-proprietary system which is open source and is affordable in its implementation. The departmental faculty members, subscribing to the Open Source Software philosophy have undertaken this task and have design the Course Content Server from ground up using all the Open source Software and Open source Operating System. The subject Course Content Server (, is currently being used for the delivery of more than 20 undergraduate and graduate courses. The paper describes the three main components of the Course Content Server, namely: 1) the Operating System - Linux, 2) the content management system - Drupal1 , an open source platform and 3) the relational database management system (RDBMS) - MySQL. All of these components are open source and have no cost associated for the end user.

Since the Course Content Server’s implementation the lectures are being delivered 24-7. The lectures are comprised of Spoken lecture voice along with the live interplay of screen video. This approach lends a very rich presentation medium which provides enhancements that include, color, font and size to the written characters. The instructor could design the software and demonstrate the results along with the lecture. Any software simulation or project demonstration could also be incorporated as part of the lecture. The instructor can tap into the vast reservoir of knowledge base that is available on NET and can make this an integral part of the lecture. This approach has totally changed the paradigm of Pedagogy.

The paper further illustrates how, students maintain their own portfolio of work. The students submit all the assignments and related course material electronically right from their homes. The Course Content Server from the perspective of students provides an interactive and invigorating learning platform through which, communication between the instructor and students and among students takes place very effectively. This also provides new tools for the implementation of collaborative learning model.  

I. Introduction

Delivery Methods for Distance Education has been evolving over the decades. Throughout this time frame the methods of delivering the course content has been being refined and perfected to the point that it now pose a viable alternative to traditional class room delivery methods. In the not so distance past the medium of distance education delivery used to be print media delivered via the postal service. A remarkable paradigm shift has occurred with the advent of the popularity and Omni presence of personal computer with the ubiquitous connectivity of Internet. As a result today we have a number of modes of delivery methods, that are at our disposal. In

Farook, O., & Sekhar, C., & Agrawal, J., & Bouktache, E. (2010, June), Designing Of A Course Content Server For The Distance Learning Delivery Format Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16316

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