Computers in Education: Activities, Contributions, and Future Trends

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Mohammad Khosrowjerdi

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  Western New England College, Springfield, MA 01119, USAmkhosrow@charter.net

Gary L. Kinzel

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43202, USAkinzel.1@osu.edu

David W. Rosen

School of Mechanical Engineering,  Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0405, USAdavid.rosen@me.gatech.edu

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 5(3), 257-263 (Sep 01, 2005) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2005327 History:

The Computers In Education (CIEd) technical committee focuses on educational issues and advances related to the usage of computing technologies in mechanical engineering courses and curricula. This paper provides a retrospective on CIEd activities, issues, and advances beginning with its formal start in 1983 and continuing through the present. Throughout the years, many different topics were explored, new technologies emerged while others disappeared, and many issues were investigated. Current CIEd activities are in six areas: CAD in higher education, robotics in higher education, software tools in the classroom, mechatronics and data acquisition, multimedia for higher education, and the role of the internet in higher education. The first four areas date from 1983, while the last two emerged in the late 1990’s. Future trends and issues are proposed to stimulate further investigations.

Copyright © 2005 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Focus areas and key developments in CIEd

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PC computing speed and cost per transistor

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Typical application screens from controls related work in 1985

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Sample screens from a Windows 3.1-based fluid mechanics tutorial from 1993

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Screen from a WWW-accessible multimedia tutoring system in 2003

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Part of the results of an experimental run in the extended surface heat transfer experiment



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