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ERIC Number: EJ828311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
The Development of a Web-Based Virtual Environment for Teaching Qualitative Analysis of Structures
O'Dwyer, D. W.; Logan-Phelan, T. M.; O'Neill, E. A.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v32 n6 p695-709 Dec 2007
The current paper describes the design and development of a qualitative analysis course and an interactive web-based teaching and assessment tool called VSE (virtual structural environment). The widespread reliance on structural analysis programs requires engineers to be able to verify computer output by carrying out qualitative analyses. Qualitative analysis is also an important design skill. The course was developed using a problem-based learning approach. VSE offers a student-centred, active learning environment that supports students in becoming self-directed learners and effective problem-solvers. VSE allows students to construct simple structural models quickly and observe the response of their structures to changes in load in real time. VSE supplements the use of physical models, it can be used in conjunction with a library of predefined structures and it can be incorporated into assessment exercises. (Contains 12 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland