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Resource sharing software for distance learning in engineering education

Petropoulakis, L. and Stephen, B. (2003) Resource sharing software for distance learning in engineering education. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning, 19 (3). pp. 371-378. ISSN 1560-4624

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Abstract

This paper presents the work being carried out in Strathclyde University to utilize generic methods for making computer-aided design (CAD) and simulation packages available on the Internet for distance learning and distance collaboration purposes. The system was developed over a 3-year period and has now evolved into a generic resource sharing structure with several features designed for use predominantly in education but also in other environments. This paper provides an overview of the development, illustrates the functionality and use of the system in sharing different applications and for various user-modes, analyses the significance of such systems in educational establishments, indicates the difficulties experienced thus far in implementation and gives a brief overview of the latest version of this development.