Journal for Geometry and Graphics, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 85 - 91 (1999)

Using Interactive Multimedia Computer Tutorials for Engineering Graphics Education

Dennis K. Lieu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California
5128 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1740, USA

Abstract: Since the Fall semester of 1996, the freshman engineering graphics class at UC Berkeley, with an annual enrollment of 300, has been using an interactive multimedia computer compact disk (CD) entitled "Graphics Interactive." It was assigned, in addition to a conventional text book, as required review material for the class. The CD assisted in visualizing the principles of orthogonal projection and sectioning in engineering drawing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, the geometric relationships involved in descriptive geometry, and other engineering graphics topics. The CD presented classical engineering graphics topics using a combination of animation, audio description, and interactive excercises. Results of surveys indicate that the new presentation media was extremely well received and helped with the understanding of the course material.

Keywords: Engineering Graphics education, multimedia

Classification (MSC2000): 51N05

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