St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
5.213.1 - 5.213.11
Development and Implementation of a Distributed Virtual Laboratory for Continuous Manufacturing Education and Training
Gary E. Rafe, Kim LaScola Needy, Bopaya Bidanda University of Pittsburgh Ravi K. Ghai HomeCareTraining.com Therese A. Mylan H.B. Maynard & Company
Introduction A great deal of interest continues to be given to the potential of the global Internet to facilitate education and training in a wide range of disciplines. Following our earlier presentation of motivations for a distributed virtual laboratory (DVL),1 we consider here the development of this distributed system and the context of its deployment in the training center of a Pittsburgh- based industrial engineering consulting ﬁrm. We begin by reviewing our deﬁnition of a distributed virtual laboratory in the context of continuous education and training for manufacturing. We next describe the mostly open-source system architecture of our DVL and summarize the implementation of the system’s various components. We conclude this presentation by considering a case-study deployment of the DVL in a work measurement training course offered by H.B. Maynard and Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 2000. On-going and future development efforts are identiﬁed and described.
Background In our earlier work, we deﬁned the virtual laboratory as a “media-rich interactive environment of sufﬁcient ﬁdelity for conducting experimental activities associated commonly with some physical laboratory.” The primary objective for this virtual laboratory is its ability to facilitate experiential learning support for Internet-delivered education and training programs, particularly in areas associated with the manufacturing discipline. Working closely with the Pittsburgh- based H.B. Maynard and Company, we identiﬁed topics within their work measurement continuing education course offerings that could be presented using our DVL. An experimental Web-based training (WBT) player implemented as a Java applet 2 is used to deliver multi-media instructional content in the DVL, while a second applet, working in concert with software that implements the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML)3 provides dynamic, three-dimensional representations of our laboratory environment. We discuss these in greater detail later in the paper.
Mylan, T. A., & Ghai, R. K., & LaScola Needy, K., & Rafe, G. E., & Bidanda, B. (2000, June), Development And Implementation Of A Distributed Virtual Laboratory For Continuous Manufacturing Education And Training Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8288
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