Faculty is planning to utilize HP grant to upgrade and modernize its three courses from the recently adopted new study program that had been revised according to Bologna principles to bring its standards and quality in higher education to European levels of educational excellence and recognition. The three courses are:
1. Course in Modeling and simulation that is taught on the second year of the undergraduate study at Automatic control and Electronics Department.
2. Course in CAD/CAM Engineering that is taught on the second year of the undergraduate study at Computing and Informatics Department.
3. Course in Numeric Graphics and Animation, taught on the first year of Masters Study at Computing and Informatics Department.
Project implementation members:
1. Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Adnan Salihbegović
Professor in control systems theory with modeling and simulation and information technology in engineering and technical systems (technical informatics and process computing).
Laboratory exercises and tutorials in computer labs on desktop PCs with shortage both in available space, PCs computing resources and enough licenses for each and every workstation.
New set of lab exercises and tutorials under development based on mobile lab environment with single server applications and online laboratories for the three courses selected.
One Year From Now
Tablet PCs will help overcome one-to many and physical availability limitation and gap between the instructor and the student. With Tablet PCs students shall discuss instructor’s materials directly while slides are presented to them during lecturing, improving communication between them. Using online laboratories and server applications at the Campus, wirelessly connected to them, or in the classroom, learning environment will be significantly broadened, and every corner of the Campus and home (via broadband Internet connection), shall become learning environment.
Student and instructor are no more confined and limited with the classrooms and lab locations and scheduling, and he/she will be able to learn in the more relaxed environment in an omnipresent omni tempore mode, with increasing effectiveness in the transfer of knowledge and skills to the students.
The learning environment will be changed in a way that we shall have better utilization of the mobile computer lab easily converted into standard classroom when the tablets are put away in Mobile Net education center cabinet or taken out. Furthemore, students shall be able to do some assignements remotely connecting to online internet laboratories and application Server from everywhere of the Campus area.
On-screen “inking” capability of a tablet PC will be used in two ways: for new way of entering drawing objects and graphical entities and maniplating with them in CAD/CAM and Computer graphics courses and for groupware communication and interactivity while testing and measuring process data in online laboratory in Modeling and Simulation course.
Existing lab with desktop computers
Keywords: computer graphics and programming languages, internet laboratories, e-learning, real-time systems, CAD/CAM engineering, virtual engineering, virtual reality, human-machine interface, mathematical modeling and simulation, numerical integration, mechanical and electrical systems modeling.
New HP mobile lab in convertible lecture/laboratory classroom
Impact on Teaching
On the course on Numeric Graphics and Animation students will be demanded to learn:
How to create virtual reconstruction of a cultural heritage, objects damaged by external factors or the age .This objective will be measured through the lab project and presented as an interective 3D model on Internet. We will compare these models with models created by previous generations who were not using tablet PCs.
Furthemore, students will be demanded to learn how to create computer animation where computer generated model is walking and talking.
This objective will be measured through the lab project and presented as a rendered animated movie. We will compare these movies with movies created by previous generations who were not using tablet PCs.
On CAD/CAM engineering course, overal project goal is to improve quality of the course and better utilize space. Some specific objectives shall be:
Achieve ratio student:computer to 1:1.
Enrich the laboratory part of the course in Modeling and Simulation, CAD/CAM engineering and Computer graphics
As these courses are already taught on existing labs with desktop computers, we shall compare how fast the students can fulfill assignements using old and new equipment.
Improve students outcome and interest for the courses, measuring percentage of the passing grades, number of students who recommend one of the courses which is elective to the next generations (CAD/CAM Eng. Course).
Demonstration of browsing through 3D models in
Virtual Reality Modeling Language by using Tablet PC
Students are using HP Tablet PCs
to monitor and control online Internet laboratory