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Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2004

Volume 3143 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 309-316

A Web-Based CAD System for Learning and Laboratory Purpose

  • Ying Shan TaiAffiliated withDept of MEEM; Dept of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong
  • , Wenyin LiuAffiliated withDept of MEEM; Dept of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong

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Abstract

A Web-based CAD system for learning and laboratory purpose is presented in this paper. The system serves as a three-in-one courseware: a pedagogical tool for teaching, an experimental tool for learning and a programming kit for laboratory. As a pedagogical tool, the system can help teachers interactively demonstrate the properties of curves and their associated equations with animations. The same tool can be used by students to play the animations themselves. As a programming kit, the same CAD system allows some CAD functions to be programmable for laboratory purpose. All activities are available on-line through a standard Web browser. A prototype is implemented and a user study is conducted for evaluation of the system. The result shows that the students like the system since it allows them to learn and practice the subject at home.