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Content and Delivery: the NEEDS Infrastructure for Distance-Independent Education in Synthesis1
 

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Content and Delivery: the NEEDS Infrastructure for
Distance-Independent Education in Synthesis1
William H. Wood III and Alice M. Agogino
University of California at Berkeley
The Synthesis Engineering Education Coalition strives to integrate multidisciplinary, open-
ended problem solving into the varied engineering curricula of its members. To achieve this
goal, Synthesis has developed a broad array of computer-based multimedia courseware
elements. In addition to the courseware, Synthesis has developed NEEDS, the National
Engineering Education Delivery System, as the infrastructure for disseminating these and
other education materials over the internet. Some interesting challenges have been identified
through this effort: How can electronic courseware meet the diverse needs of curricula
among a cross section of universities? How do educators adapt traditional teaching roles to
fit new resources and delivery styles? What courseware access modes equally suit the needs
of author, teacher, and student? Can an infrastructure designed for static courseware be
adapted to dynamically changing information on the World Wide Web? The experience of
Synthesis/NEEDS can begin to answer these questions while opening more issues in
distance-independent education.
1. Introduction
Synthesis is a coalition of eight diverse campuses2 united to effect a positive change in

  

Source: Agogino, Alice M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

 

Collections: Engineering