Web-Based Training: An Applicable Tool for Engineering Education

Web-Based Training: An Applicable Tool for Engineering Education

Masoumeh Valizadeh (University of Guilan, Iran), Giancarlo Anzelotti (University of Parma, Italy) and Sedigheh Salehi (Bekaert, Kortrijk, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-659-9.ch014

Abstract

Today, the World Wide Web and Internet technologies are the main support for modern communication. Hence, a vast amount of information is available for students at any level. In this chapter, Web based training (WBT) is described as an efficient tool for engineering education. The benefits of using WBT as a replacement or complementary tool for traditional educational systems and its limitation are discussed. The education process is supposed to shape a professional who possesses not only scientific knowledge, but also exhibits a special set of personal features which includes being curious, innovative, and capable of teamwork. The question is whether distance education is capable of doing that without personal contact. The chapter argues that WBT can provide efficient tools such as forums, discussion boards, and video conference facilities.
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2. Engineering

Engineering is the discipline of implementing of science and mathematics to develop explanation for the problems and to find practical solutions that have an applicable outcome. Engineering is the knowledge of creating a new world based on the rules which science has already discovered. Engineers suppose to be inventors. They design and manufacture machines, processes, systems and even economical constitutions. Utilizing science and mathematics, they observe the world, find the troubles, dream up new ideas and realize the dreams to improve the quality of life and make our world a more comfortable place to live.

Based on scientific principles, every engineering discipline has two main tasks (Wintermantel 1999):

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