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Using Online Resources for an Advanced Vehicle Technology Engineering Competition

[+] Author Affiliations
Nicole E. Lambiase, Frank J. Falcone, III, Michael A. Wahlstrom, Kristen G. De La Rosa

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Douglas J. Nelson

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. IMECE2010-37934, pp. 51-57; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Engineering Education and Professional Development
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4443-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions have adopted an online collaboration system to coordinate information sharing and dissemination among hundreds of people from numerous organizations and across multiple countries, including universities, competition organizers, and sponsors involved in the competitions. Microsoft SharePoint is a collection of software elements that includes web browser based collaboration functions, process management modules, search modules and a document-management platform that serves as the foundation for this online collaboration system. SharePoint is used to host a secure web site that accesses shared workspaces, information stores and documents, as well as threaded discussion forums. Users can manipulate controls called “web parts” or interact with pieces of content such as lists and document libraries. The overall team-based engineering education strategy is facilitated throughout the three year EcoCAR program by a two way flow of information between the teams and organizers. Safety and design rules are updated and posted for teams to access. Each team has their own secure document library area for posting required progress reports, design reports, safety documentation, and technical report deliverables that are scored as part of the competition. Scoring results with comments are returned to each team under the team specific site. Proprietary vehicle and component data are also made available, and can be restricted to only those teams that have approved non disclosure agreements with the sponsor. Specific subject and component-based forums are used for asynchronous, threaded exchange of information and questions to subject matter experts. Issues and solutions discovered by students are shared among all teams. The SharePoint Online Collaboration system has significantly improved the information-sharing, evaluation and communications capabilities of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions across a vast audience. This has enabled us to significantly enhance the technical scope of the program and improve the educational value to the university participants.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Vehicles



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