June 28, 1998
June 28, 1998
July 1, 1998
3.149.1 - 3.149.9
Computer Based Learning for Engineering Mechanics: “If we build it, will they come?”
Roger Toogood, Bill Lipsett, & Shelley Lorimer Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Terry Hrudey & Art Peterson Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanley Varnhagen Academic Technologies for Learning University of Alberta
This paper describes a series of Computer Based Learning (CBL) modules for courses in Engineering Mechanics (Statics, Dynamics of Particles, Rigid Body Dynamics). The format, content, and pedagogical approach is described. Student reaction and responses to the use of the modules is presented and discussed. Some lessons learned by the authors through the development and implementation of these modules are also presented.
Universities throughout North America are looking for alternate modes of delivery of educational resources: asynchronous learning, distance education, WEB-based resources, and so on. In the next decade, there will be a tremendous change in the way courses are presented and in the resources required. Some observers have likened this evolution in education to that which followed the development of the printing press 1. That evolution, however, occurred over several decades. The current evolution is marked by major developments occurring on a monthly basis.
One of the possible forms of the educational resources for the (near) future are stand-alone programs that are a primary learning resource for a course. Such CBL materials offer a number of advantages: self-paced, asynchronous learning, effective multimedia delivery, release of instructors to provide more personalized “service”, and even possibly economic advantages .
This paper describes some CBL courseware for students entering programs in engineering. At the University of Alberta, the target courses (ENGG 130 Statics, ENPH 131 Particle Dynamics) are required of all first year engineering students, and registration in each course is typically over 500 students per year. The third target course (Mec.E. 250 Planar Rigid Body Dynamics) is
1 See the ASEE President’s Letter in PRISM, October, 1997, p. 39.
Hrudey, T., & Varnhagen, S., & Lorimer, S., & Toogood, R., & Lipsett, B., & Peterson, A. (1998, June), Computer Based Learning For Engineering Mechanics: If We Build It, Will They Come? Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/6973
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