The Hierarchical, Asynchronous and Multimedia Learning using Electronic Textbooks (HAMLET) was started with stated purpose:
To introduce visualization, simulation and animation tools through a web-based environment to complement and enhance traditional techniques used in teaching and learning.
The HAMLET initiative aimed at creating an environment that utilizes information technology to materially enhance the learning experience of students. The goal of this effort was to develop a web-based tool to complement traditional mechanisms used in teaching and learning. This tool provides an environment for students to conduct virtual experiments as well as utilize visualization, simulation and animation tools to supplement the classroom lecture and traditional textbooks. Additionally, it allows students to learn essential concepts at their own pace. The project began with courses in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where it impacted the learning experience of more than 1000 undergraduate students. It has now gradually extended to other programs in the School of Engineering. We believe that this project can become a model for similar programs in other educational institutions throughout the nation.
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