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Usage Of Web Conferencing For Manufacturing Engineering And Technology Education – The Prime Experience

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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9.1347.1 - 9.1347.9



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Scott Daugherty

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Sunday Faseyitan

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Robert Myers

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Pearley Cunningham

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Winston Erevelles

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Session 2004-1835

Usage of Web Conferencing for Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Education – The PRIME Experience

Scott Daugherty – Robert Morris University Winston F. Erevelles – Robert Morris University Pearley Cunningham – Community College of Allegheny County Sunday Faseyitan – Butler County Community College Robert Myers – Westmoreland County Community College

I. The Genesis of Video Web Conferencing

Video web conferencing is an effective way for two or more people to visually and verbally communicate over large distances. It is widely used in distance education, industry, and government sectors. The technology capitalizes on the use of the World Wide Web and its availability in government, industry (87% of U.S. workers have broadband access1), academe, and most homes. The “Internet” was developed by scientists and researchers at DARPA in 1962, long before most people had any concept of what a computer was or could do2. Primarily used for research, this resource saw no real change for 30 years. In 1990’s the “World Wide Web” was developed by a group of people who worked on different components of this new technology to make the WWW a reality2. In the mid 1990’s, businesses saw potential profit from this network of people, and the Internet boom started with online companies and also traditional companies making profits online. The World Wide Web has revolutionized the way people do business and communicate in a global society.

II. Components and Infrastructure needed for a Web Conferencing System

A generic video web conferencing system consists of at least two users communicating via the World Wide Web. These users would be working at personal computers that have enabling software for web conferencing and are equipped with peripherals such a camera and a headset with a microphone. The computers are networked to a server that controls/moderates the flow of information. The hardware and software described above may be either proprietary or generic in nature and may or may not be bundled with existing operating systems. Systems typically offer users the capability to transmit and receive video and audio images and files, share screens or even software, conduct public and private conversations, and access a common electronic whiteboard.

The costs to implement an effective web conferencing system appear in Table I. Many costs in a video web conferencing system are predictable in nature. Not all the costs involved are static, so a budget must be carefully planned.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Daugherty, S., & Faseyitan, S., & Myers, R., & Cunningham, P., & Erevelles, W. (2004, June), Usage Of Web Conferencing For Manufacturing Engineering And Technology Education – The Prime Experience Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13268

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