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Work in Progress: Distance teaching of Thermodynamics with Adobe Connect and dedicated Engineering Software

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Computers in Education Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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22.1703.1 - 22.1703.13



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Guido W. Lopez Old Dominion University

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Dr. Guido Lopez is a faculty member of Old Dominion University of Virginia. He is an alumnus of Northeastern University, Boston. He previously served as Chair of the Engineering Math and Science Division at Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH. He has performed applied research at the NASA John Glenn Research Center on power generation for the International Space Station. His current research is on Nondestructive Testing of Materials and Alternative Energy for transportation, in partnership with scientists of the Russian Academy of Science.

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Distance teaching of Thermodynamics with Adobe Connect and dedicated engineering softwareA considerable number of schools nationwide are currently offering undergraduateengineering and engineering technology programs via “distance-learning”. Unlike otheracademic programs such as “Business Administration”, “Homeland Security”,“Counseling”; Engineering still presents pedagogical challenges in distance learning,especially in subjects that require mathematical derivation, sample problem-solution,property evaluation and laboratory practice. For instance, lecture-based courses ofmechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology, such as: Mechanics(Statics, Dynamics, and Fluid Mechanics), Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and otherrecognizable subjects in mechanical engineering are still a laborious task for distanceteaching and learning, especially if they are to be delivered “live” to “distance” students.Several “technologies” are currently available for distance delivery of courses, such as:“satellite broadcasting”, “web-based instruction”, “video-streaming”, “video-conferencing”, etc. An innovative method that combines “live” lecturing using theinternet via Adobe Connect in conjunction with dedicated software to solve equations andevaluate properties in Thermodynamics has been implemented at Old DominionUniversity for live teaching of conventional and “distance” students simultaneously.Detailed characteristics of the method, and the advantages found over other availabletechniques to deliver the course are explained in this paper. The method is simple to useand allows the instructor to quickly solve illustration problems during the lecture in spiteof mathematical complications that may be involved. Specific examples of the techniqueare discussed and the requirements to implement the method are disclosed. It is shownthat such technique allows the instructor to be totally mobile, and deliver his/her lecturesand solutions of problems in Thermodynamics live from any classroom or lab place in theU.S. provided that an internet connection is available.

Lopez, G. W. (2011, June), Work in Progress: Distance teaching of Thermodynamics with Adobe Connect and dedicated Engineering Software Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18420

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