Introduction

In the Design Studio Classroom, key engineering principles are demonstrated using: 1) Design project assignments, 2) demonstrations/ experiments, 3) videos, and 4) lectures. These four different techniques can be used in any engineering course. Fluid mechanics was the Pilot Design Studio course taught at The Cooper Union. In addition to the four different techniques, a series of eleven modules was developed. The technique of modules was also used in senior level and graduate courses at The Cooper Union. The modules include an outline of the theory of a topic, illustrative design problems and design homework problem. A set of short videotapes keyed to the professor’s lectures allows for basic concepts to be presented by moving from the lecture mode to a video mode. These techniques were also used for courses in Water Resources Engineering, graduate courses in Hydrology and Open Channel Flow.

The concept of the Virtual Classroom is to use teaching techniques that do not include lectures, to present engineering principles to enginering students. A module was used (similar in principle to the design studio) as a learning aid to replace some lectures. The concept of the virtual classroom can be coupled to the Design Studio by also presenting engineering principles by lectures, design projects, demonstrations/ experiments, and video.

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