Hypermedia Modules for Distance Education and Virtual University: Some Examples

Hypermedia Modules for Distance Education and Virtual University: Some Examples

Nicoletta Sala (University of Italian Switzerland, Switzerland)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2003010105
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Abstract

The explosive growth of the Internet and the convergence of information and communication technology is opening up new educational opportunities. In fact, the rapid development of digital, networked multimedia technology such as the Internet, e-mail and computer based and video conferencing can redefine the learning environment. This paper describes two different experiences of the use of hypermedia modules inside the distance learning and the virtual university. First experience is an activity developed by the Department of Electronic (Dipartimento di Electtronica) - Politecnico of Torino (Italy) in the field of computer-based training in electronic instrumentation and measurements, where the author was a supervisor for the educational process. This project has been developed for Italian research of distance education named “Consorzio Nettuno,” which involves different undergraduate courses (Electronic Engineering, Information Technology, Economic Science). Several modules have been developed, using multimedia technologies, to assist the students to acquire the fundamentals of the basic instrumentation. A client-server system has been designed in order to allow the students to operate on a remote laboratory for experimental training. The courseware includes lessons, exercises, and training on virtual instruments which emmulate actual instruments. The students can also carry out several real laboratory experiments without actually being in the laboratory, by using a client-server structure based on the Internet. Second experience, named “Cybermath,” is an example of virtual university course, in fact the aim of this project is to realise a hypermedia course of mathematics using the collaboration between different European universities.

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