Experiences with Interactive Remote Graduate Instruction in Beam Physics
AbstractAn Internet-based course in Beam Physics being offered by the
Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University is
described. This course is part of the MSU Virtual University Degree
program in Beam Physics (VUBeam, 1998), and had about 100 registered
participants at approximately 25 different sites all over the world
at its debut. For the purposes of this course we are using ISDN-based
and Internet-based videoconferencing tools, Internet-based
transmission of audio and video recordings of the lectures, an
interactive Internet-based homework system with on-line grading, and
we provide the participants with downloadable lecture notes in a
variety of formats.
Beam Physics as a more recent subfield of physics is concerned with
the behavior of particle beams in particle accelerators. Because
accelerator laboratories are usually not directly connected to
university environments, the proper training of beam physicists at
these sites often less naturally than in other fields. The
availability of video conferencing and other Internet-based tools
offers students and employees an option of increasing or refreshing
their knowledge of Beam Physics. This approach provides an efficient
and inexpensive mechanism to learn in a systematic fashion and offers
the opportunity to earn university credit and even degrees without
leaving the workplace.
M. Berz, B. Erdelyi, J. Hoefkens, Journal of Interactive Learning Research 10,1 (1999) 49-58
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