Integration of Instruction on the use of Multimedia Tools into a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Citation:
Ogot M. "Integration of Instruction on the use of Multimedia Tools into a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum." age. 2003;8:1.

Abstract:

Mechanical engineering curriculums do not offer formal instruction in the use of
multimedia tools in the areas of computer illustration, animation, and image manipulation
nor the creation and editing of digital video, despite their prevalent use in industry for
technical communication – written reports and oral presentations. In addition to knowing
how to use these tools, it is important for mechanical engineering students to understand
the terminology associated with their use. For example, at the beginning of the class,
most of our mechanical engineering students did not know the difference between a .jpeg
or a .gif graphical file, or an .mpeg or a .ram video file. Others could not associate .jpeg
or .mpeg with either file type. This paper presents our experience with incorporating
formal instruction in the use of multimedia tools into a reverse engineering course. The
main aim of the multimedia initiative was for the students to not only learn how to use
the tools, but for them to actually use them in other academic activities beyond the
reverse engineering class. Evaluations performed indicate that the majority of students
did use the tools (especially illustration and image manipulation) in other classes.

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