June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
7.893.1 - 7.893.8
Session no: 2163
Offering a Laboratory Course with a Design Project Over the Internet
Manufacturing Engineering Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686
Abstract: This paper is about real time delivery of a Manufacturing Automation laboratory course at a distance by combining an interactive TV system and the Internet. After a brief introduction of lab sessions the paper describes details of a design project and a method to monitor student progress at remote sites. It also presents statistical analysis of data collected over the past two years to assess how effective the new approach has been in distributing the educational quality evenly across all sites.
I. Introduction Since the initiation of the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1992 at CERN, educational institutions, research centers, libraries, government agencies, commercial enterprises, and a multitude of individuals have rushed to connect to the Internet. Due to this enormous surge in online communication, there has been a rapid growth of technology-mediated distance learning at higher education institutions. We are experiencing a transition from traditional textbook and lecture teaching method to the virtual classroom as courses in everything from art history to engineering are offered on the Internet. Yet, distance delivery of engineering laboratory courses remains a problem to be solved.
Distance delivery of lecture-only format courses existed at Washington State University (WSU) since the mid 1980s. 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. The campuses are linked by an interactive TV system called WHETS. The system facilitates real time, two-way audio/video interaction among classrooms that resemble TV studios.
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Gurocak, H. (2002, June), Offering A Laboratory Course With A Design Project Over The Internet Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10948
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