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Initial Steps Towards Distance Delivery Of A Manufacturing Automation Laboratory Course By Combining The Internet And An Interactive Tv System

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.356.1 - 5.356.11



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Hakan Gurocak

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Session 2663

Initial Steps Towards Distance Delivery of a Manufacturing

Automation Laboratory Course by Combining

the Internet and an Interactive TV System

Hakan Gurocak

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

Abstract: In this paper a new approach for distance delivery of an upper division Manufacturing Automation laboratory course is presented. The enabling technology is the combination of an interactive two-way TV system and the Internet. Using this new platform students at remote sites will be able to interact with each other, with students and the instructor at the local site, and with the hardware at the local site. The paper also presents five laboratory sessions developed as initial steps towards the first offering of the course.

I. Introduction Washington State University (WSU) has four campuses. The main campus is located in eastern Washington in Pullman. The newest branch campus of the university is in Vancouver, Washington. The campus serves southwest Washington and the greater Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

In Fall 1997, the first engineering curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering was introduced on the new campus. Since Fall 1998, the program is also being delivered to students who are Boeing Company employees in the Seattle area using WSU’s two-way interactive TV system called WHETS. The system is linked to Boeing’s interactive TV system (BEN). These systems allow two-way real time audio/video interaction among the distant sites.

Using this technology, some of the lecture-only format courses of the Manufacturing Engineering curriculum were sent to the Boeing sites as well as other campuses of the university. Delivery of such traditional lecture-only format classes to distant sites by live video

Gurocak, H. (2000, June), Initial Steps Towards Distance Delivery Of A Manufacturing Automation Laboratory Course By Combining The Internet And An Interactive Tv System Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8457

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