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E Lab: Technology Assisted Delivery Of A Laboratory Course At A Distance

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.399.1 - 6.399.7



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Hakan Gurocak

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Session 2263

e-Lab: Technology-assisted Delivery of a Laboratory Course at a Distance

Hakan Gurocak

Manufacturing Engineering Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686

Abstract: This paper presents a new approach for real time delivery of a Manufacturing Automation laboratory course at a distance. The enabling technology is the combination of an interactive TV system and the Internet. The interactive TV system, controlled by operators at each location, establishes real time audio/video connection between two remote classrooms and a local classroom that are hundreds of miles apart. Details of five laboratory exercises developed and implemented in the first offering of the course are explained. In addition, a method used to assess course outcomes is presented.

I. Introduction As courses in everything from art history to engineering are offered on the Internet, we are experiencing a transition from the traditional textbook and lecture teaching method to the virtual classroom. A report1 released in January 1999 by the International Data Corporation shows that an estimated 85% of the colleges and universities will be offering distance education courses in 2002.

Distance education courses have been offered at Washington State University (WSU) for a long time because the university has four campuses that are hundreds of miles apart throughout the state of Washington. The main campus is located in eastern Washington in Pullman. The Vancouver campus is about 300 miles away from the main campus in southwest Washington. Since the mid 1980s the campuses have been linked by an interactive TV system called WHETS.

The system facilitates real time, two-way audio/video interaction among classrooms that resemble TV studios. There are a total of 32 such classrooms distributed among all campuses. The system is used extensively to share courses between campuses.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Gurocak, H. (2001, June), E Lab: Technology Assisted Delivery Of A Laboratory Course At A Distance Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9168

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