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Web Technology In Engineering Education How And Why

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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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5.723.1 - 5.723.6



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Ralph Olliges

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Swami Karunamoorthy

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Session 2793

Web Technology in Engineering Education – How and Why

Swami Karunamoorthy, Ralph H. Olliges Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri


Innovation in computer engineering and information technology has an impact on our traditional classroom teaching in engineering education. The evolution of Web-based instruction is certainly a revolution in classroom education and may set new standards in the new millennium. An emphasis is given in this paper to answer the question of why we need the web technology and how we can apply it to augment the classroom education. Application of a typical tool (Web CT) to an engineering course, the resulting experiences, and post-test statistical analysis are included in this paper. This approach is readily appreciated and welcomed by the present students, the engineers of next century.


The objective of education is to impart knowledge and it remains constant through the entire millennium, whereas the pedagogical process changes with respect to time. The modern developments in Internet began in 1969 with Arpanet1. In the early part of this decade, Gophers was introduced which is a menu based information system with text only version. Later, Mosaic was evolved as a viable information system with both text and graphics version. The technology has exponentially grown into the modern Netscape, Internet Explorer etc. Web-Based Instructional tools have been developed during the middle of this decade and it has been used primarily for distance education. However, it was not well received by the academic community since the user has to learn the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). Now, the recent developments in web technology has minimized or eliminated the need to know the markup language, HTML, and hence it has been favorably considered as a viable pedagogical process for augmenting the traditional classroom education.

Web Technology – Why ?

Information is the currency of Democracy – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

The remarkable, and partly fortuitous, coming together of the technologies that make up what we label IT – information technologies – has begun to alter, fundamentally, the manner in which we do business and create economic value, often in ways that were not readily foreseeable even a decade ago – Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman.

Olliges, R., & Karunamoorthy, S. (2000, June), Web Technology In Engineering Education How And Why Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8839

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