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Teching Dynamics Online With Only Electronic Media On Laptop Computers

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.603.1 - 5.603.14

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Yellamraju Vikas

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Tony Ramanello

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Kurt Gramoll

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Session 3666

Teaching Dynamics Online with only Electronic Media on Laptop Computers

Yellamraju Vikas, Tony Romanello and 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. However the implementation of such media has been difficult because of lack of classroom facilities and student access to the programs. Most of the implementation problems can be overcome and a true asynchronous learning environment can be established if CD based multimedia is integrated with current course material on the Internet. This scenario 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, where the basic Dynamics class was taught using laptop computers, CD-ROMs, and the Internet.

This project did not develop new courseware, but instead used the Multimedia Engineering Dynamics CD-ROM (published by Gram Media, 1999) for the main course content. The CD was however supplemented with newly developed intranet-based material such as electronic homework, examples, quizzes, solutions, and lectures. The outcome of the course showed that students could 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 one semester, 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 who cannot attend classes 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.

Vikas, Y., & Ramanello, T., & Gramoll, K. (2000, June), Teching Dynamics Online With Only Electronic Media On Laptop Computers Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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