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Developing Innovative Multimedia Instructional Modules For Control Flow Theory

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Web Education II: Hardware/Examples

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9.413.1 - 9.413.6

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Ligia Carvallo

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David Mikolaitis

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Norman Fitz-Coy

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Raluca Rosca

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Session 3120

Developing Innovative Multimedia Instructional Modules for Control Flow Theory

Raluca I. Rosca, David Mikolaitis, Norman Fitz-Coy, Ligia Carvallo Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Florida/ School of Art and Art History, University of Florida

Abstract In this paper the development of prototype instructional modules for teaching Control Flow Theory is discussed. The modules are intended for use by practicing engineers as a self-paced, asynchronous, personalized learning material, either on-line or off-line. First, the motivation of this work and the selection of software used in the modules are presented, then the lessons learned in the development process are further discussed and future improvements of the modules are proposed.

The technical content of each module was organized using concept maps, specifically the software produced by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC CmapTools v2.9.1). Most of the animation used in modules is produced in Macromedia’s Flash, supplemented by scientific simulations realized in Mathcad. Each user’s progress in covering the material is tracked using Macromedia’s Authorware capabilities. The difference between Authorware and a Learning Management System such as WebCT is also discussed.


In April 2002, NASA initiated and funded a seven university consortium led by Old Dominion University’s Center for Advanced Engineering Environments to develop the Hierarchical Learning Network as one of the initiatives searching for remedies for the projected loss of engineering expertise due to aging of present workforce and a continuous decrease in the number of graduating engineers. This learning and research network will provide a prototype for linking diverse, geographically dispersed teams and facilities, combining their expertise to create a new generation of skilled scientists and engineers who can work across traditional disciplines and perform in rapidly changing environments1.

The consortium proposed to capitalize on the faculty expertise and research facilities at Old Dominion University, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, George Mason University, MIT Media Lab, Cornell University, and Syracuse University, to provide world-class engineering education and aerospace workforce training. The consortium will develop new multi-university group-teaching courses and advanced learning modules with the objective to ensure the rapid transfer of research results to industry2.

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Carvallo, L., & Mikolaitis, D., & Fitz-Coy, N., & Rosca, R. (2004, June), Developing Innovative Multimedia Instructional Modules For Control Flow Theory Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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