Distance Learning and Student Recruiting Using an Internet Controlled Robot

By Wael Mokhtar, Morrie Walworth, Justin Hester and Gail Dyer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Recent statistics have shown that online student enrollments (Distance Learning) are growing substantially faster than the overall higher education student body. An average of three million students take a least one online course each semester. This number increased by nearly 50% during the last couple of years. The implied long term result is that online course demand will represent an important trend affecting enrollments in higher education. One of the major obstacles for many online programs is the inability to offer significant online laboratory and training sessions as a part of the online experience. To overcome that, an Online Interactive Robot (OIR) was developed to serve as an online learning and recruiting tool. Using the OIR, users will be able to control the robot from their homes through the internet and watch it moves via live video cameras. The system has been designed to allow users from all levels to interact with the robot. The intended audience ranges from curious high school students to students enrolled in a university level online robotics course. The OIR was designed and built by a team of senior engineering students as part of their senior year design experience. This paper will discuss the details of the project development, some of the courses designed for online classes using the OIR, and the system use in reciuting events.

Keywords: Online Courses, Distance Learning, Robotics, Engineering Education, Student Recruiting

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp.277-286. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.587MB).

Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Teaching Mechanical Engineering courses. Advising senior project students. Perform research related to aerodynamics application. Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Technology. Curriculum development.

Morrie Walworth

Associate Professor and Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

Morrie has his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and has over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. He is very active in grant writing, consulting, entrepreneurial actives, and servers on several local community boards of administration. He enjoys teaching courses in control systems, robotics, and machine vision

Justin Hester

School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

In the spring 2008, Justin received his BS in Computer Engineering with a focus in Robotics from Lake Superior State University. He is currently working at Acme Manufacturing as a robotics software engineer. Justin works closely with FANUC robots integrating them into metal finishing work cells supporting various industries including the biomedical and automotive industries.

Gail Dyer

School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA


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