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Dynamic And Resonating Use Of Webct

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Trends in Mechanical Engineering

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7.449.1 - 7.449.13



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Corinne Darvennes

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Sally Pardue

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Dynamic and Resonating Use of WebCT

S. Pardue, C. Darvennes Mechanical Engineering Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, Tennessee 38505


Using web-based instructional tools to augment the traditional lecture-based delivery of course content enhances the learning experience for many students. The on-line components facilitate student education by guiding study activities outside the classroom lecture time. The extended use of a standard web-based educational environment, WebCT, in two mechanical engineering courses, sophomore-level dynamics and junior-level vibrations, is showcased.

Various features of WebCT are presented and provide examples of how engineering content can be effectively delivered with web-based tools. Advantages of using WebCT over faculty authored web-sites include password protected log-in only for enrolled students, grading database, quiz database, organization structure for course content, built-in communication tools, and archival storage of course material. In two years experience with WebCT, the authors have found that maximum results with minimum time invested are best achieved through shared effort. Now, we’d like to share our work with you.

1.0 Introduction

The paper describes the use of WebCT in two required mechanical engineering courses at Tennessee Technological University. The authors augment the in-class instruction of sophmore- level Dynamics and junior-level Vibrations and Simulations classes with WebCT. The paper presents the design/organization of each of these courses and provides contextual commentary on various features of WebCT.

For the reader unfamiliar with WebCT, it is an on-line course management software that is accessible by the course designer/instructor through the Internet. An on-campus server hosts the institutional version of the software. The software features in-built “tools” that can be used to produce an attractive and efficient course web site without extensive experience in HTML or web site design, making it a valuable resource for professors short on time.

After describing the courses, the authors share general observations and discussion about their experiences with the use of electronic enhancement of the traditional black/white board lecture style and standard homework techniques. Finally a brief background and timeline of the authors’ development schedule for the courses is offered. Without the extensive resources available at

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Darvennes, C., & Pardue, S. (2002, June), Dynamic And Resonating Use Of Webct Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10514

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