Silesian University of Technology
First in the world
teaching system for an entire department
of a technical university.
About the project
Using the experience of i3D employees and the knowledge of the scientists of the Silesian University of Technology we created first in the world interactive teaching system for an entire department of a technical university. The application was developed for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the form of interactive lectures and 3D workshops. The comprehensive project covers aspects of Applied Computer Science, Applied Mechanics, Automatics, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biomechanics, Machine Building and Casting.
20 main subjects, 300 interactive applications, 20 professors and 160 doctors were engaged in the development of the software. Resulting in a five-year course in the form of the biggest interactive educational library ever created.
interactive “How does it work?” presentations,
visualizations of complex processes,
visualizations of mathematical operations.
interactive machine operations,
machine operating manuals,
specialist tasks presentations,
interactive walks around industrial sites.
3D visualizations of complex diagrams,
visualizations of mathematical formulas provided by students,
interactive tests and exams.
In the last 10 years many tools and solutions for practical training of specialists were developed – visual aids, elaborate graphics, projectors, video recordings, easy computer access. However, most of them are passive and deliver knowledge without much student engagement. The rise of modern technologies goes hand in hand with the development of computer games, high quality graphics and broadband Internet. All these factors make advanced and realistic 3D graphics an attractive addition to the educational system. Students from passive recipients are turned into active participants. They learn quicker and more efficiently using their own senses and experience rather than books. It is delivered to them in a familiar way, known from the Internet and video games. The advanced technique of displaying a 3D image allows them to understand complex systems, illustrate complicated industrial processes and operate environmental simulators. Interactivity of the application teaches them to find solutions, make right decisions and increases their engagement in a subject.
We decided to go one step further. We created a solution that immerses the student in discussed environment, is fully interactive and adjusts itself to students’ individual needs.
To meet up the expectations of present day students and modern educational system we created a set of interactive animations is Quazar3D. Their main goal is to engage the user in finding solutions to problems using his own experience. The developed system of workshops, lectures and theoretical exercises gave students opportunities that were never available before outside of a well-equipped laboratory.
Developed using Quazar3D, InterEDU is a set of over 300 applications that covers the entire educational system used in Universities and Technical Universities of the EU. Virtual environment makes the students more creative, develops their learning capabilities and teaches to make right decisions. Through the interaction with a 3D model and observing changes that occur the student can correct his mistakes on the run and draw conclusions for the future.
On the contrary to traditional educational applications InterEDU allows to practice various events that can happen during the actual work on a device. For example in the applications that require solving a technical problem a student has to diagnose and solve a typical or random issue. No clues are given, which reflects the real environment and makes the user take the initiative. The simulation monitors the student and observes how he handles different scenarios. Nonlinear character of events and access to various resources results in a realistic and safe environment that supports the student in gaining both technical and soft skills. InterEDU also provides applications that require the user to work in a particular order, step by step, according to presented requirements. Developed environment gives a chance to gain practical experience – before confronting real issues in University’s laboratories or at actual industrial sites.