June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.1269.1 - 23.1269.9
Title: Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education with 3D Virtual Reality LaboratoryAbstract: We have been developing a unique set of 3D virtual reality laboratory experiments foruse in an undergraduate materials science course, community college instructions, fordemonstrations to the public and hands-on recruiting events for middle and high school students.The methodology and technology used is designed to make it possible to easily disseminate thelaboratory to a large variety of institutions and locations. The fact that the laboratory is 3D andfully interactive makes for a realistic experience for the student. Laboratories serve an important purpose in the undergraduate student educational experience.They provide the physical experience that complements and instantiates the theoreticalexposition in the classroom and textbook. In addition, students have different preferred learningstyles, and the visualization of phenomena in material form is particularly helpful to somelearners. However, those implementing a physical laboratory may face significant hurdles. Somelaboratory equipment can be quite expensive or cumbersome, and certain experiments are time-consuming (for example some heat treatments may require 24 hours). Furthermore, it may bedifficult for distance education students to come to a laboratory site domestically orinternationally. Our proposal will address these issues in a creative and cost effective way.To address these issues, we partnered with other institutions, in the US and abroad, that servediverse audiences. This makes it possible to develop a lab for traditional and non-traditionalstudents, accessible to disabled students, adapted to variety of background levels and usable fordistant learning.The laboratory modules have been developed for use on laptops and other accessible mobiledevices for easy adaptation and dissemination with modest costs.
Ari-Gur, P., & Ikonomov, P., & Rabiej, R., & Thannhauser, P., & Hassan, M. M., & Litynski, D. M., & Schwartz, R. (2013, June), Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education with 3D Virtual Reality Laboratory Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22654
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