A model for World Wide Web-based asynchronous laboratory learning in engineering education
Prashanth Kumar Salur, West Virginia University, United States
West Virginia University . Awarded
World Wide Web based Asynchronous Learning, a new concept in distance learning is gaining large scale acceptance among a number of universities and has become a basis for project work in various universities, colleges and even business enterprises. Asynchronous means that participants in a discussion need not engage in that discussion at the same time, a method to achieve high degree of interactivity among geographically separated learners independent of time or place.
This project aims to develop such an Asynchronous Learning environment for laboratory learning containing interactive exercises with simulation experiences. Interactive exercises have been developed with multiple-choice questions and several tables that are to be completed by the student by analyzing the given circuit. Circuit simulations for performing the analysis have been developed to aid the students. A multithreaded server was designed and developed which stores the student details, test scores and grades. Java applets to register for the course, to logon to the course web-site, to assist the instructor to assign grades and to list the details of all the registered students (including test scores and their averages) have been developed. Also, a Grade Tool was developed to let the students view their grades on-line. Further work can be done in this field; for example, developing virtual laboratories where a student can actually assemble circuit components and perform experiments on-line.
Salur, P.K. A model for World Wide Web-based asynchronous laboratory learning in engineering education. Master's thesis, West Virginia University.
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