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Title: Virtual reality simulations and animations in a web-based interactive manufacturing engineering module
Authors: Ong, S.K. 
Mannan, M.A. 
Keywords: Interactive learning environments
Multimedia/hypermedia systems
Virtual reality
Issue Date: Dec-2004
Citation: Ong, S.K., Mannan, M.A. (2004-12). Virtual reality simulations and animations in a web-based interactive manufacturing engineering module. Computers and Education 43 (4) : 361-382. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper presents a web-based interactive teaching package that provides a comprehensive and conducive yet dynamic and interactive environment for a module on automated machine tools in the Manufacturing Division at the National University of Singapore. The use of Internet technologies in this teaching tool makes it possible to conjure visualisations that cannot be achieved using traditional teaching materials such as transparencies. Virtual reality simulations and animations were developed and appropriately placed in the teaching materials to enhance the student understanding of complex concepts. This is especially useful in teaching automated machine tools, which deals primarily with the numerical control (NC) of the motions of automated machine tools. These virtual reality simulations and animations provide the capability of training students in NC programming and operations without the need to work on actual NC machines in the laboratory. The simulations are suitably placed in the package to engage the students and enhance their concentration, while at the same time generate interactions. Customised question types were also designed and implemented with a tutorial monitoring application. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Computers and Education
ISSN: 03601315
DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2003.12.001
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