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Some Computer Based Learning Tools For Undergraduate Engineering And Technology Education Programs: Development, Uses, And Experience

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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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6.886.1 - 6.886.12

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Howard Smolleck

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Bhargava Jayanti

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Session 1795


Howard A. Smolleck Bhargava Ram Jayanti

Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering New Mexico State University


For several years, the first author has directed a program involving the development of graphical, interactive software for use by students in Engineering and Technology programs. The pilot project, sponsored primarily by two foundations, was oriented toward two-year, community-college institutions as well as four-year universities. It has involved the development of three major instructional packages, provided on CD-ROM media, and the building of a small consortium of participating user institutions. Additional work, involving other related technical areas, is currently being sought under new support.

The philosophy of the project, and the technical descriptions of the three modules developed thus far, are briefly presented. Some discussion of the specific languages, tools, and techniques employed in program development is given. Dissemination procedures as well as evaluation strategies, forms, and questions are indicated. Some experience gained in the implementation of the resulting modules is cited. References outlining the detailed technical development of the modules are also given.


The senior author and his colleagues at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and elsewhere have developed a philosophy and a set of comprehensive instructional modules for graphically illustrating certain concepts fundamental to Engineering and Technology courses. The basic concepts addressed thus far, which underlie much of Electrical Technology and other branches of the field to a lesser degree, include vector concepts, steady-state ac network analysis, energy- conversion, and electromagnetic systems.

Three major modules have been developed, as follows: Vector Vision, which provides interactive instructional and problem-solving resources for introducing and reviewing fundamental vector and complex-number concepts for lower-division Engineering and Technology students

Smolleck, H., & Jayanti, B. (2001, June), Some Computer Based Learning Tools For Undergraduate Engineering And Technology Education Programs: Development, Uses, And Experience Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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