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The Use Of An Electronic Classroom In Teaching An Undergraduate Vibrations Course

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.432.1 - 2.432.11



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W.L. Cleghorn

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Session 1620

The Use of an Electronic Classroom in Teaching an Undergraduate Vibrations Course

W.L. Cleghorn University of Toronto

Abstract This paper describes some results of recent efforts made to employ electronic classrooms in teaching engineering courses in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto. Particular emphasis has been placed on adopting updated methods in teaching an undergraduate course on vibrations, in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Some examples of computer animations and physical demonstration models used are presented.

1. Introduction Over the past two years, several large classrooms at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto were upgraded through installation of electronic capabilities. This has allowed teaching techniques to be expanded and improved. For instance, in the past year, the author used these facilities in teaching an undergraduate vibrations course to a class of more than 100 students.

This paper describes the material prepared for the vibrations course, using the electronic classrooms, including:

. a series of computer animations to illustrate various important aspects of vibration phenomena, based on a computer software package entitled Working Model’, which enables animations to be shown through use of a video projector

. a series of physical models, which can be effectively shown during lectures using a video document camera.

2. Overview of Electronic Classrooms There are five electronic classrooms within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. These rooms have seating capacities ranging from 80 to more than 250. The electronic equipment installed in each room was standardized to ensure that instructors could easily use any of them, with minimal special training for each room. Each room is now equipped with a remote controlled video projector suspended from the ceiling. In addition, the following items are readily accessible to the instructor at the front of the class:

. video cassette tape player . video document camera . output connectors for signals from external sources, for computer graphics (VGA or Macintosh) and video (NTSC or super VHS)

Cleghorn, W. (1997, June), The Use Of An Electronic Classroom In Teaching An Undergraduate Vibrations Course Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6858

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