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Development Of Online Multimedia Based Prototype E Lecture Interface Using Human Like Animated Pedagogical Agent For Effective Dissemination Of Finite Element Method

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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Software and e-learning in the ME curriculum

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Mechanical Engineering

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11.478.1 - 11.478.15



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Joseph Rencis University of Arkansas


Javed Alam Youngstown State University

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Javed Alam is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Youngstown State University. He obtained his M.S. degree from Asian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests are in the area of Structural Simulations and the Use of Technology in Engineering Education.

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Venkata Seshada Aluri University of Arkansas

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Venkata Aluri is currently working on his M.S. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India in 2004.

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Development of Online Multimedia based Prototype e-Lecture Interface using Human-like Animated Pedagogical Agents for Effective Dissemination of the Finite Element Method


Multiple e-Learning platforms have been designed, implemented and evaluated over the past decade for effective implementation of teaching and learning in engineering education. This study deals with the development of an interactive prototype interface for the finite element method e-Lecture. The e-Lecture interface integrates life-like animated pedagogical agents, computer mediated communications and multimedia technologies. The use of animated pedagogical agents in engineering education tries to overcome the challenges of current e- Learning techniques with a new effective and efficient intellectual human computer interface. Available animated pedagogical agents with gaze, gesture and voice capabilities are used in the prototype e-Lecture to actively/interactively communicate with the students. New animated pedagogical agents called Mr. and Ms. FEMur (Finite Element Method universal resource) will be used to deliver online finite element method e-Lectures. A prototype e-Lecture interface using Mr. FEMur demonstrates the concepts of “Degree of Freedom” in this paper. These e- Lectures will be integrated into the finite element method learning environment that is a part of bigger effort to develop the FEMur web site.


From the days of Socrates, besides live demonstrations, teaching has largely involved instructors lecturing to their students under a tree, in an arcade structure or in a brick-and-mortar school room. The Internet today is used to communicate and share information created in digital form. The worldwide information infrastructure of connected computer servers and computers is used to implement electronic-learning (e-Learning) within several disciplines. Widespread access to the Internet has provided educational opportunities that enable students and professionals to learn anytime and anywhere (24/7) while keeping pace with technological and managerial changes despite their busy daily schedules1. The interconnected computers facilitate the creation of hypermedia based interactive e-Learning content that can be disseminated through the computer network as the associated costs of hardware and software keep declining. These developments have led to many national and international initiatives to promote e-Learning for the specific purpose of teaching and learning in many subject areas2-5. Thousands of technical and management courses, including degree and certificate programs, are being offered by universities, for-profit professional development centers, and industry training facilities worldwide1. Furthermore, learning activity is shifting from instructor based to learner-centered. Although several efforts has been carried out in this area, further developments with the aid of emerging technologies is needed to make e-Learning an effective tool for the teaching/learning process.

Rencis, J., & Alam, J., & Aluri, V. S. (2006, June), Development Of Online Multimedia Based Prototype E Lecture Interface Using Human Like Animated Pedagogical Agent For Effective Dissemination Of Finite Element Method Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--147

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