University/college cooperation in course development: Synchronous collaborative teaching/learning in advanced engineering in Taiwan

Jo Peng Tsai, Rong Shean Lee, Yen Zen Wang

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A synchronous cooperation model between institutes of higher learning for course development was implemented at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and at the Far East College (FEC) in Taiwan. Synchronous computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) tools such as videoconferencing, application sharing, electronic whiteboard, and file transfer, through hybrid ISDN/Internet network services, were adopted for communication, coordination, and sharing of knowledge and equipment in two joint engineering laboratory course: 'Remote collaborative reverse engineering', based at the FEC, and 'Computer-integrated manufacturing', based at the NCKU. The major teaching objective of both courses was to present examples of complete industrial processes, rather than to demonstrate the hardware and software used to support the presentation between the two institutions. These industrial examples were presented synchronously and interactively to students at both the FEC and the NCKU to illustrate the importance of knowledge sharing and device integration with diverse synchronous CSCW methods. The industrial processes related to mold design and the forging of a metal part. The framework of the layered, synchronous, collaborative course presentation described in this paper also applies to the collaborative course development model, which has advantages over conventional engineering laboratory courses. The adoption of this model will relieve the cost of investment in teaching resources and equipment, as these may thereby be shared between institutions. The model has proved both feasible and extensible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-290
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Mechanical Engineering


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