Title page for ETD etd-09182009-143008

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kasaraneni, Yatish
Author's Email Address y2kneni@vt.edu
URN etd-09182009-143008
Title Improving Dilemma Zone Protection Control Issues at Signalized Intersection Using a Web-Game
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Abbas, Montasir M. Committee Chair
McNair, Elizabeth D. Committee Member
Murray-Tuite, Pamela M. Committee Member
  • Web-Game
  • Assessment
  • Actuated Control
  • .NET Framework
  • Traffic Engineering
Date of Defense 2009-09-04
Availability unrestricted
Web games provide a platform for creative instructional activities that can capture the students’ attention towards the course. These games can be used to emulate the realistic situations which can be used as effective lab experiments that could give the students a hands-on experience using real world scenarios. This thesis presents an innovative web-based game developed for the demonstration of the driver-behavior at signalized intersections that can be used as a supplementary tool for the Transportation Engineering course. The game format is carefully designed to supplement the understanding of the class learning material through a fun environment. It was designed to be widely accessible through the internet and have an attractive user interface and was improved from the feedback obtained from the pilot study. The game is programmed on the .NET Framework using the Microsoft Visual C# as a core programming language, ASP to develop the web interface, and Microsoft Access as the databases for the program. The thesis also provides a methodological framework for collecting data about student engagement in a course and in particular presents the data collection procedure used in Transportation Engineering Course (CEE 4609). The collected data was analyzed to find the student engagement in the course after the introduction of the game. The thesis gives the conclusions drawn from the research with insights into possible drawbacks and scope for future improvements.
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