A multimedia manual on the World Wide Web for telecommunications equipment

Andrew L. Sears, Steve E. Watkins

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An interactive multimedia educational manual on the Internet through the World Wide Web for commercial optical fiber telecommunications equipment is described. The Telecommunications Laboratory Manual is a vehicle for enhancing engineering education with realistic laboratory or virtual laboratory experience. The manual provides a brief system tutorial, operating instructions, on-line help, and multimedia experimental demonstrations. It incorporates block diagrams, photographic images, and hypertext links that are mouse clickable, allowing users to access documents or links describing components or processes in any order. An experimental section guides students through laboratory experiences, demonstrates selected equipment characteristics, and provides for direct instructor contact through e-mail. Other remote resources on the Internet are linked to create a global multimedia library. This paper describes the manual, its multimedia design, its use in the curriculum, and its further potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-348
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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