WPI Professor Demonstrates His Paperless Classroom

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- David Cyganski of Holden, Mass., a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, told the story of his "paperless classroom" during the customer demonstration section of BBN Planet's New England Region Annual Meeting. The meeting was held Feb. 9 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.

BBN Planet of Cambridge, Mass., is one of the largest providers of networking services in the United States. The company invited six individuals from among its customers throughout the world to demonstrate creative and innovative uses of internetworking technology in support of the meeting's theme, The Internet as a Collaborative Environment.

Last spring, Cyganski taught Telecommunications Transmission Technologies (EE 535), a graduate course, using a textbook he and his students built on a World Wide Web home page. When students left the classroom they would use workstations in laboratories, at home and at work to access course materials. This was the first time a "paperless" course was taught at WPI," says Cyganski, who is teaching the successful course again this spring. "I am not aware of any similar courses at other colleges and universities, although I know others are experimenting with the concept.

"These courses could lead to others being recast in this contemporary and challenging format."