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Teaching Statics Online With Only Electronic Media On Laptop Computers

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.491.1 - 4.491.15

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Kurt C. Gramoll

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Session 1668

Teaching Statics Online with only Electronic Media on Laptop Computers

Kurt Gramoll Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Oklahoma


The benefits of electronic media in engineering, such as interactive simulations, three- dimensional visualization and animations are widely known, but the implementation has been difficult because of lack of classroom facilities and student access to the programs. Most of the implementation problems can be overcome and true asynchronous learning environment can be established if CD based multimedia is integrated with current course material on an intranet. This is particularly useful when all students have their own personal laptop computers and the learning environment is connected with a wireless network. This paper will demonstrate and discuss the experiences at the University of Oklahoma trying to teach the basic Statics class using laptop computers, CD-ROMs, and the intranet.

This project did not develop new courseware, but instead used the Multimedia Engineering Statics CD-ROM (published by Addison Wesley Longman, 1997) for the main course content. The CD was supplemented with newly developed intranet-based material such as homework, examples, quizzes, solutions, and lectures. The outcome of the course showed that students can use distance learning methods to enhance their learning on a university campus. Some of the benefits included instant access to all course material, quick feedback of homework and quizzes, and on-demand course lectures. The course has been taught three semesters, Spring 98, Fall 98, and Spring 99 and is being used at OU as the foundation for future engineering courses that can be delivered via the internet. The course can also serve as a test bed for future use of electronically delivered courses for engineering students that cannot attend class due to disabilities, schedule conflicts or geographic distance. The paper also explores the methods used to develop the course and what software tools were used to implement the computer-based learning environment.


The most promising feature of multimedia and network-based media is its ability to display complex information or concepts in an accessible and easy-to-understand animated graphical form that is managed by the user. This is obviously well-suited for many educational applications, but it is particularly attractive for use in engineering education where abstract

Gramoll, K. C. (1999, June), Teaching Statics Online With Only Electronic Media On Laptop Computers Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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