June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.900.1 - 8.900.12
Online e-learning Environment for Delivering Real Hands On
Nathan Chao, Queenborough Community College CUNY
Internet technology and web-based approaches to engineering and technology education
have made great instructional inroads both for students and faculty. Apart from the millions of
students already receiving educational material over their schools’ intranets, nearly a million
students were enrolled in distance learning courses last year according to a research report from
International Data Corporation. IDC projects that 3 million students will be enrolled in such
courses in three years.
Students are now learning with extended and alternative cognitive skills and faculty are
changing traditional collegiate instruction for web-mediated approaches. Engineering content
and materials are being put on the Web at an increasing rate.
Much progress has been made in the delivery of recitation type material either over the
net or by other audio and video means. For example, in a generous gesture, MIT plans to put all
of its courses on the internet. This 100 million dollar undertaking will make MIT caliber course
materials available for free to anyone in the world. By doing so, MIT is certain that it will raise
the standard of science and technology education all over the world. Schools in poor countries
will be able to gain easy access to world-class material prepared by world-class educators.
Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ? 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Chao, N. (2003, June), Online E Learning Environment For Delivering Real, Hands On Laboratory Experiments Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12324
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