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dc.contributor.convenorEuan Lindsayen_US
dc.contributor.authorGuan, Hongen_US
dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Benoiten_US
dc.contributor.editorYasir M. Al-Abdeli and Euan Lindsayen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:53:37Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:53:37Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.date.modified2012-09-02T23:06:12Z
dc.identifier.refurihttp://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/index.htmlen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/43554
dc.description.abstractStructural Engineering, a highly technical discipline, includes foundation knowledge for a range of engineering professions and is traditionally restricted by rigorous accreditation requirements. Focused in this paper are fundamental and analytical courses in structural engineering and mechanics. These courses are generally perceived by most students as challenging at times due firstly to complicated theory and analysis concepts covered and secondly the difficulties associated with visualising how structures behave when subjected to loads. In order to help students visualise the behaviour of structures and to better understand difficult and abstract concepts, complex methodologies and computational procedures, we have endeavoured to produce a series of scaled-down physical models, hands-on demonstration and digital animation tools as visual aids, with explanations of the matching concepts and calculations being covered. This approach has been highly valued by all students. Despite the difficulty of structural mechanics content, students still find these courses challenging but also interesting and enjoyable which contributes to motivating students and maximising their learning abilities, as evident in student evaluations. This paper presents the methods used at Griffith University and the learning objectives behind them. In view of the positive feedback received from the students, this paper concludes that future research will be undertaken to quantify the efficiency of using visual demonstrations in structural mechanics courses.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherEngineers Australiaen_US
dc.publisher.placeBarton ACT, Australiaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/index.htmlen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/papers/AAEE2011/PDF/AUTHOR/AE110047.PDFen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameAustralasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE) 2011 Conferenceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleProceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conferenceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofdatefrom2011-12-05en_US
dc.relation.ispartofdateto2011-12-07en_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationFremantle, Western Australiaen_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchScience, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode130212en_US
dc.titlePhysical and computer demonstrations in enhancing student understanding of structural mechanics coursesen_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE1 - Conference Publications (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Engineeringen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright remains with the authors 2011. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner[s] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher’s website or contact the authors.en_US
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