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Teaching Thermodynamics With The Aid Of Web Based Module

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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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6.960.1 - 6.960.9

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Feng Chyuan Lai

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Chean Chin Ngo

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Session 2633

Teaching Thermodynamics with the Aid of Web-Based Module

C. C. Ngo, F. C. Lai School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 73019


Over the past few years, with the availability and advancement in the multimedia technology, it provides opportunities for educators to revolutionize the teaching-learning enterprise and improve the quality of engineering education. This paper presents how multimedia can be implemented to enhance the learning experience of students here at the University of Oklahoma in studying Thermodynamics. A web-based module for Thermodynamics has been developed to present course materials in dynamic and interactive ways. This courseware also includes a review section to help students in preparing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. By delivering the course materials in a more visually appealing approach over the Internet, it manages to capture the attention of the wire-generation. In addition, students can gain access to the course materials anytime from anywhere. Since its first implementation in summer 2000, this module has received favorably responses from students.

I. Introduction

Due to the rapid advances in the computer technology in recent years, multimedia has now become an essential part of the World-Wide-Web (WWW). The integration of different media such as text, graphic, sound, motion video and animation into the teaching strategy provides an efficient tool for the educators and faculty. Nowadays more higher education institutes are engaging in Web-teaching of some sorts, particularly in engineering education. This paper describes the implementation of a Web-based multimedia module in teaching Thermodynamics at the University of Oklahoma.

By packaging the course materials in an interactive way through the Web, it not only enhances the learning experience of students dramatically, it also increases the effectiveness of faculty. In addition, students can access to the materials basically from any location where Internet services is provided and at their convenience. This is particularly useful since the incoming engineering

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Lai, F. C., & Ngo, C. C. (2001, June), Teaching Thermodynamics With The Aid Of Web Based Module Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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