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Learning objects are small digital chunks of learning content that are self-contained and reusable. They are often used in education to supplement course materials and to demonstrate concepts that are difficult for students to grasp with traditional teaching methods.

The learning objects in this collection were developed by WPI faculty members and are available for public use. Many were developed as part of the Teaching Technology Fellowship, a joint venture sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and Information Technology here at WPI.

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We hope that you find these learning objects useful in your teaching and learning endeavors.

Biomedical Engineering

Series 1: This series of tutorials, developed in 2005 by professors Kristen Billiar and Allen Hoffman, detail the use of TestWorks 2.03 and X machine. The first two clips demonstrate the proper technique for running a uniaxial tensile test. Subsequent clips demonstrate the necessary steps to use the testing software, TestWorks 2.03.

Mantling the Grips
Running a Uniaxial Tensile Test
TestWorks 2.03: Using the Handset, Extension Meter, and Load Meter
Logging into TestWorks 2.03
Plotting Specimen Data in Excel
Running a Cyclic Test using TestWorks 2.03
Running a Tensile Test using TestWorks 2.03
Saving Test Data in TestWorks 2.03
Exporting Test Data from TestWorks 2.03
Transferring Data to Excel from a Text File

Series 2: This series of tutorials, developed in 2004 by professor Ross Shonat and WPI student Ryan Carey, detail the use of Biopac and several other software applications relevant to biomedical engineering.

Physiology/Data Acquisition Equipment Overview
Acquiring Data with Biopac
Conducting an EEG Lab with Biopac
Conducting an ECG Lab with Biopac
Lab 1: Animal Care and Anesthesia
Lab 2: Muscle and Nerve Physiology
Lab 3: Electrophysiology
Lab 4: Circulatory Physiology
Lab 5: Respiratory Physiology
Lab 6: Acid-Base Physiology
Statistical Analysis Using Excel
Data Analysis with AcqKnowledge

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Series 1: The following two simulations were developed in 2005 by professor Jeanine Plummer. The first simulation is a virtual tour of a wastewater treatment plant. The second simulation is an interactive simulation that provides students with the opportunity to input several variables into an interface to test air pollution.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
Air Pollution Simulation

Series 2: This series of video clips, developed in 2003 by professor Guillermo Salazar, details a series of functions in Primavera’s project management software.

Creating a File
Entering Activities
Creating Network Logic
Running the Schedule
Exporting to a Spreadsheet
Inserting a Graphic Object into a PowerPoint File
Creating an Image File of a Project Schedule
Creating an Image File of a Project Schedule – Option 2
Creating an HTML Version of the Project Schedule

Fire Protection Engineering

This video, created by professor Robert Zalosh at an FM Global test site, shows a warehouse fire and a selection of data that were superimposed on top of the footage, including heat transfer rate, temperature, number of sprinklers actuating, and time. Permission to use the video was granted by FM Global.

Warehouse Fire Test Video

Computer Science

The following two simulations were developed by Dr. Karen Lemone. The first simulation demonstrates the principle of mathematical induction. The second simulation demonstrates the principle of mathematical induction being used to show that the natural numbers are infinite.

Principle of Mathematical Induction
Principle of Mathematical Induction in Use

Mathematical Sciences

The following animations and interactive applets were developed by Dr. Jacob Gagnon and his student, Anh Do. These applets require the Java plugin for your web browser. Some are available in 2 sizes in order to better fit the size of your computer screen.

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