June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.1536.1 - 26.1536.7
Title: The Impact of 3D Virtual Laboratory on Engineering EducationAbstract: A unique set of 3D virtual laboratory experiments were developed for broad use inundergraduate engineering courses at universities, community college instructions, and fordemonstrations and hands-on recruiting events for middle and high school students. Variety ofmethodologies and tools were used to assess which one works the best. Comparison betweenstudent learning success using the virtual lab, to that without any lab experience and to one witha physical lab experience was conducted. The laboratories were also disseminated to a largevariety of institutions and locations in the US and around the globe. The fact that the laboratoryis fully interactive makes for a realistic experience for the student.The laboratories were developed with the belief that laboratory experience serves a critical rolein the undergraduate student educational experience. They provide an experience thatcomplements well the theoretical approach in the classroom and textbook. Physical laboratory,however, is both time consuming and expensive. Some experiments, such as X-ray diffraction(XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), can accommodate up to 4 students at a time,making the lab experience for a class of 120students/semester all but impossible. To makematters worse, distance education students find it hard to come to a laboratory site domesticallyor internationally. Our project addresses these issues in a creative and cost effective way.We partnered with other institutions, in the US and abroad, that serve diverse audiences. Thismade it possible to develop a lab for traditional and non-traditional students, accessible todisabled students, adapted to variety of background levels and usable for distant learning.The laboratory modules have been developed for use even on the simplest laptops and smartphones. The modules are provided to requestors free of charge.
Ari-Gur, P., & Thannhauser, P., & Ikonomov, P., & Rabiej, R., & Litynski, D. M., & Hassan, M. M., & Johnston, J., & Bayne, T. (2015, June), The Impact of 3D Virtual Laboratory on Engineering Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24873
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