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The National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS): A Multimedia Digital Library of Courseware1
 

Summary: 1
The National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS):
A Multimedia Digital Library of Courseware1
Alice M. Agogino
Director, Synthesis Coalition and
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
Brandon Muramatsu
NEEDS Project Manager, Synthesis Coalition
Abstract
NEEDS is the architecture for courseware creation, delivery, and evaluation developed by
the Synthesis Coalition to enable new pedagogical models based on Internet-mediated
environments for learning. The NEEDS Database provides an access mechanism for students and
faculty to a diverse range of engineering educational materials. The current courseware focuses on
adding synthesis concepts through the curricula, with emphasis on multidisciplinary content,
teamwork, hands-on experience, open-ended problem formulation and solving, and case studies of
"best practices" from industry. The database consists of collections of modular, digital courseware
and courseware elements. The user is able to access and use courseware developed nationwide.
In addition, the existing courseware and courseware elements can be adapted to local use in whole
or by distilling several modules and joining them together to create a new customized module. The
Synthesis Coalition now has the directive of making the NEEDS database available to other NSF

  

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

 

Collections: Engineering