June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
23.174.1 - 23.174.11
An Infinitely Explorable Online Learning System for Civil Engineering In this paper, we will present an analysis of the outcomes of using a newly developed infinitely explorable online learning system. The Sigma Grading System (SGS), www.sigma‐gs.com/SGS , provides students 3d infinitely explorable engineering problems in statics, fluids, mechanics of materials, and physics. The system is ideally suited for Civil Engineering where students are presented with full 3d bridge, building, and road problems. In addition, I will talk about tracking student understanding across multiple courses using this software. I will show how this system can be used to automatically identify specific deficiencies in a student’s understanding. The system also allows students to obtain evaluation for intermediate steps or to test hypothesis. As students gain confidence in the system, they also transition from a guess / check patter to a structured search of intermediate steps. This transition is key to outputting engineers who can think creatively and are not restricted to following “recipies”.
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