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Affordable learning solutions and interactive content in engineering mechanics

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Mechanics Division Technical Session 5

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Nicolas Ali Libre Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Nicolas Ali Libre, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor of Civil Engineering in Missouri University of Science and Technology.He received his B.S. (2001), M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2009) in civil engineering with emphasis in structural engineering, all from the University of Tehran, Iran.

His research interests and experience are in the field of computational mechanics, applied mathematics and cement-based composite materials. During his post-doc in the Department of Mathematics at Hong Kong Baptist University (2010-2011) he focused on developing meshfree numerical methods. Given his multidisciplinary background, he was appointed as the director of research in the Construction Materials Institute (2011-2013) at the University of Tehran and assistant professor at Islamic Azad University. In that capacity, he had the opportunity of leading several industry-related research projects and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Over the span of his career, Dr. Libre has authored and co-authored over 17 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 conference papers. He has advised and co-advised 7 graduate students and mentored over 20 undergraduate students. He has collaborated with scholars from several countries, including Iran, China, Slovenia, Canada, and the US. He also served as a reviewer for 6 journals and 5 conferences.

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Digital Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) provides students with quality yet affordable educational content and enables instructors to utilize multimedia and interactive technology as effective ways of delivering course material. The reduced course content expenses not only allow more students to access the educational material, but also permit the instructors to customize and adapt the material to their teaching style. Incorporation of interactive technology through visually appealing media such as animations, graphics, simulations, videos, and three-dimensional models promotes students’ interest in learning theoretical and abstract subjects in science and engineering. In this study, the incorporation of an interactive eBook as an affordable learning solution in Mechanics of Materials is discussed. Features offered in the eBook include responsive three-dimensional models, animations, lecture videos, course summaries, algorithmically generated problem sets, pop-up hints, and guided steps. Such an eBook provides various avenues for students to learn and practice concepts, and has yielded very encouraging results, including increased student performance and positive feedback from the students themselves. The presented interactive eBook has the potential to inspire other educators and course designers to develop and implement interactive tools in their pedagogical approach.

Libre, N. A. (2019, June), Affordable learning solutions and interactive content in engineering mechanics Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32047

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