Pied Piper of Web
In 1995, when the World Wide Web was still a novelty, a
Johns Hopkins University electrical engineering professor
decided to tap this new technology as a teaching aid. At a
time when other instructors were putting only class notes
and reading assignments on the Web, Wilson J. Rugh began
posting interactive multimedia exercises and quizzes to help
students succeed in a popular but challenging area of
engineering called signals, systems and control.
Today, Rugh's free site offers 19 online
learning modules that are being accessed by thousands of
novice engineers around the world. Faculty members at some
colleges incorporate Rugh's exercises into their curriculum;
in other instances, engineering students log onto the
exercises independently for learning assistance.
Hodson grants announced
On Dec. 12 the Hodson Trust presented four Maryland
colleges--Johns Hopkins University and Hood, Washington and
St. John's colleges--with grants totaling $8.37 million.
Hopkins received $2.4 million from the
trust, which was settled in 1920 by the family of Beneficial
Corp. founder Col. Clarence Hodson. The grants are given
annually and are used by the four institutions for academic
merit scholarships, internships, professor endowments,
information technology initiatives, large construction
projects, athletic programs and endowment funds.
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