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Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

An adaptive e-learning community of practice for mechanics courses in engineering

Start: 2010
Report Publication Date: N/A
Primary Project Leader Gangadhara Prusty

Funding
Amount: $211,000.00 Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Source: Competitive Grants
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Summary
This project will apply artificial intelligence (AI) technology to learning of threshold concepts in undergraduate engineering mechanics in Australian universities. The technology supports interactive virtual laboratory activities (simulations) through which teachers can diagnose common conceptual sticking points in large classes ? sticking points that are often missed by ?book and board? teaching and can only be picked up by skilled one-to-one coaching. The software allows the teacher to analyse student decisions and then adapt the activity and the feedback given to students. Pilots in UNSW have established the effectiveness of the tools and method. This project will involve a diverse group of engineering educators from leading Australian universities in extending, spreading and further evaluating the use of adaptive tutorials. Furthermore, this project will focus on fostering a community of practice revolving around the use of such technology through a strong focus on staff training and cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary, collaboration. This project concerns the development of a set of Adaptive Tutorials for key threshold concepts in mechanics, targeting first and second year Engineering students.
Outcome
This project concerns the development of a set of Adaptive Tutorials for key threshold concepts in mechanics, targeting first and second year Engineering students. Adaptive Tutorials are highly engaging educational activities that mimic one to one tutoring by intelligently adapting to students? misconceptions and providing timely feedback. Students interact with simulations, virtual labs and interactive diagrams, while the system scaffolds their learning and personalizing their experience.
Keywords
Discipline Context › Engineering
Supportive › Other Supportive Technology
Content › Threshold Concepts
Disciplines
  • Engineering
Education Levels
  • Higher Education
  • Professional Development
Project Members
Gangadhara Prusty
g.prusty@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 55939
Project Leader

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Contacts

Associate Deans & Educational Leaders in Engineering

Program Leaders in Engineering

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Contacts

Associate Deans Learning & Teaching in ICT

Program Leaders in ICT

Postal Address

Australian Computer Society
[ARNEIA]
P.O. Box Q534
QVB
Sydney 1230
NSW

Email

info@ARNEIA.edu.au