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A tool for online mechanics learning resource sharing

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Abstract


  • Many hours and dollars have been spent developing new resources to improve

    learning outcomes in engineering mechanics courses. While many of these have been

    developed into packaged learning systems, available for purchase by other universities, a

    large proportion are available free of charge for students looking to expand their study

    options. Over the past eighteen months, a group of engineering academics, through

    Australian Learning and Teaching Council funding, has been working to develop a way

    of guiding students towards these online engineering mechanics learning resources.

    One of the outcomes of this work is an online, database-driven directory of existing

    online learning resources which are free for students to use in independent study. The

    database guides students towards resources through a range of search criteria that

    resources have each been evaluated on, including: Depth of topic coverage; suitable

    study patterns; appropriate learner level; learning styles, etc. This paper details the

    development, features, and intended uses of the database. It presents a plan for

    researching the effect that guided access to additional online learning resources has on

    perceptions of learning in first year engineering mechanics courses. The authors also

    extend an invitation to other educators to contribute to the system and promote its use to

    students in their classes.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Goldfinch, T., Gardner, A., McCarthy, T., Henderson, A., Thomas, G. & Carew, A. L. (2010). A tool for online mechanics learning resource sharing. Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 448-607). Sydney, N.S.W: Engineers Australia.

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Abstract


  • Many hours and dollars have been spent developing new resources to improve

    learning outcomes in engineering mechanics courses. While many of these have been

    developed into packaged learning systems, available for purchase by other universities, a

    large proportion are available free of charge for students looking to expand their study

    options. Over the past eighteen months, a group of engineering academics, through

    Australian Learning and Teaching Council funding, has been working to develop a way

    of guiding students towards these online engineering mechanics learning resources.

    One of the outcomes of this work is an online, database-driven directory of existing

    online learning resources which are free for students to use in independent study. The

    database guides students towards resources through a range of search criteria that

    resources have each been evaluated on, including: Depth of topic coverage; suitable

    study patterns; appropriate learner level; learning styles, etc. This paper details the

    development, features, and intended uses of the database. It presents a plan for

    researching the effect that guided access to additional online learning resources has on

    perceptions of learning in first year engineering mechanics courses. The authors also

    extend an invitation to other educators to contribute to the system and promote its use to

    students in their classes.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Goldfinch, T., Gardner, A., McCarthy, T., Henderson, A., Thomas, G. & Carew, A. L. (2010). A tool for online mechanics learning resource sharing. Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 448-607). Sydney, N.S.W: Engineers Australia.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1577&context=engpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/548

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  • 448

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  • 607