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Web Based Teaching: Fact Or Fiction?

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.721.1 - 5.721.13

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Meagen Marquardt

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Joshua U. Otaigbe

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Brad Tischendorf

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Session 3664


Joshua U. Otaigbe 1,2, Brad Tischendorf1 , and Meagen Marquardt 1 1 Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering and 2 Dept. of Chemical Engineering Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa 50014

Abstract Innovative, interactive worldwide web-accessible multimedia instructional tools were developed to provide undergraduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department and in other departments in Iowa State University (ISU) with a relevant and practice-oriented education in polymers that is attractive to industry. These instuctional tools are useful for: (a) demonstrating to students the synergistic effect of interdisciplinary scholarship in solving fundamental problems using innovative, computer-based instructional modules; (b) developing simple practical polymer materials science demonstration kits for high school science students and other distant education teaching aids; (c) developing cooperative student learning groups, and (d) disseminating the authors' key research findings to students via the web. The interactive web-based multimedia instructional modules of lectures that students can access on a 24-hour are expected to be attractive to engineering students with diverse backgrounds and to other students who desire an introduction to the important, ubiquitous, and pervasive class of materials known as polymers.

Introduction In Fall 1995, Otaigbe taught the introduction to polymers and composites course to both students from ISU and Iowa industries over the Iowa Cable Network (ICN) for the first time. The ICN allows simultaneous and interactive teaching of students located at several sites across the State of Iowa. This distance education experiment was very successful, as judged by both the ISU students and remote students from industry who took the course.

This paper describes results of our efforts to build on the ICN experience just mentioned by developing interactive computer-based instructional modules of the lectures that students can access on a 24-hour basis (see Figs. 1 to 12). The web-based instructional modules that include QuickTime (video animation software) movies created from video tapes of research results and materials processing operations that cannot be easily transported from the laboratory into the classroom. The QuickTime software allows integration of video, animation, still images, digital sound into interactive audio visual computer presentations. The QuickTime movies developed

Marquardt, M., & Otaigbe, J. U., & Tischendorf, B. (2000, June), Web Based Teaching: Fact Or Fiction? Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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