A framework for the development of distributed learning environments is presented. The necessary technological infrastructure and the appropriate methodology for interactive learning in a distributed environment are explored. The framework is a result of the research group's experience with a distributed engineering laboratory that was conducted jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and by the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) in Mexico. This is an initial experiment in distributed collaborative learning that will be extended to a larger-scale effort involving multiple universities and corporate centers around the world. Studies of student interaction within this distributed classroom and personal interviews provided significant insight into the necessary structure and technological support for distributed learning. This insight is used to generate a set of guidelines for the deployment of distributed collaborative learning courses.

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    • This work was partially funded by NSF-CONACyT Grant No. IRI-9630021 for distance education and by the MIT School of Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the James H. Ferry Jr. Fund for Innovation in Research Education.
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    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Hussein, K M
    • Pena-Mora, F
  • Publication Date: 1999-10


  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 291-302
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  • Accession Number: 00770120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: EG-05-03-06, IRI-9630021
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1999 12:00AM