June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Adjustable Simulation-based Virtual Laboratories for Learning Alternative Energy and Energy ConservationThe paper will present multilayered highly interactive simulation-based integrated and adjustablevirtual laboratories for Engineering and Technology Education focusing on alternative energyand energy conservation subjects. These labs are designed to enhance the understanding oftechnical concepts and underlying fundamental principles, as well as to help students mastercertain performance based skills online. The simulations and labs help students explore theeconomic aspect of using alternative energy devices. The virtual labs can be link with relatedhands-on labs to form hybrid laboratoriesVirtual labs contain expandable sets of virtual experiments (VE), as well as relevant learningresources and assessment activities. Each VE focuses on a particular task and comprises suchcomponents as highly interactive main and auxiliary Java of Flash simulations, specific learningobjectives, experiment description, step-by step instruction for students, worksheet, built-in lessonsand technical manuals to facilitate “just-in-time” learning, embedded assessment and otherresources. An easy-to-use tool that enables instructors with no-programming experience to produceappealing and pedagogically sound interactive virtual activities is available as well. An example of amultilayered virtual lab on a solar water heating system is shown in the figure below.Realistic simulations visualize processes occurring in the devices and enable students to observe thephysical processes at different levels (from macroscopic to subatomic), analyze constraints betweenphysical parameters, compare actual and virtual data, and much more.Presented materials have been developed with partial support from the NSF.
Cherner, Y., & Khan, A. S., & Karim, A., & Mullett, G. J. (2011, June), Use of Adaptable Simulation-based Virtual Laboratories for Teaching Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation in Engineering & Technology Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18578
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