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Mapping Of A Thermo Fluids Laboratory Experiment Into A Web Based Experiment

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Virtual and Distance Experimentation

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9.886.1 - 9.886.8



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Osman Akan

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Fredrick McKenzie

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Sushil Chaturvedi

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Session 2426


S. K. Chaturvedi, R. McKenzie, O. A. Akan and A. Priyadershini

College of Engineering and Technology Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529


A methodology is being developed for transforming physical experiments from the undergraduate thermo-fluids laboratory into a web-based virtual experiments. Important characteristics of physical experiments are identified in order to preserve them in physical to virtual domain mapping. Several commercially available software are employed to incorporate in the web-based experiments characteristics such as recreation of physical phenomenon in the virtual domain, measurement of physical quantities on a computer screen, assembly of virtual probes and coupling of the virtual experiment with a data acquisition software. A virtual reality software has been incorporated to enable web-based students to navigate through the virtual laboratory, and perform the virtual experiment on-line. The web-based virtual experiment module has the potential of becoming a building block for virtual laboratories for web-based undergraduate engineering programs.

1. Introduction

Televised and online courses, virtual collaborative learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous video-streaming of courses, multi-media courses, and virtual laboratories are emerging information technology based learning tools1-15 that enable engineering educators to improve the quality of instruction, and develop innovative course materials, and delivery methods that cater to learning styles of present generation of engineering students. Current students are more familiar with computers, the Internet, and interactive video games. As a result, they are more attuned to a learning style based in visualization and animation. In order to engage fully in this ongoing educational technology revolution, and to meet the objective of graduating engineers who are fully prepared to practice in a world transformed by computer and Internet technologies, the College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University has developed a vision to transform its undergraduate curricula through computer-based learning modules that utilize simulation and animation. Also, the University has recently launched the e- Dominion initiative, a bold strategy that proposes to educate distance-learning students through web-based courses. Consistent with the College vision and recent University initiatives, we propose the creation of a web-based virtual experiment module as a test bed for further development using a computer software and an animation technique. Initially, this and other

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Akan, O., & McKenzie, F., & Chaturvedi, S. (2004, June), Mapping Of A Thermo Fluids Laboratory Experiment Into A Web Based Experiment Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14114

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