Collaborative Development of Multimedia Courseware in Geotechnical Engineering Education

Somaiya Naidu, Samuel T.S. Yuen, Jayantha K Kodikara

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    Abstract

    This paper reports a collaborative courseware development project in geotechnical engineering,conducted by the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia. The project aimed at developing multimedia learning modules to be used by lecturers and students. Specific modules developed included videos in DVD format and self-learning programs in CD or webbased format. The topics included deep excavation (construction of a multi-level basement in thecity of Melbourne) and laboratory direct shear test. In a climate where student field excursions are becoming increasingly difficult owing to large class sizes and extensive occupational health and safety requirements, the former provides opportunities for students to gain a detailed understanding of a complex construction activity undertaken in an urban setting. On the otherhand, the laboratory module supplements limited hands-on laboratory experiments undertaken by students. The modules have been incorporated in elective subjects in geotechnical engineering and also presented as additional information in some other subjects. This paper describes the basis, project execution, and lessons learnt from the collaborative project. Finally, it gives a summary of an evaluation of the deep excavation module based on feedbacks received from a cohort of students. It is evident that students appreciate the availability of the modules, and perform arguably better in the respective subjects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobalization of engineering education, the K-12 pipeline and the transformations of the disciplines.
    EditorsDavid Radcliffe, Josh Humphries
    Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
    PublisherAaeE
    Pages9
    Number of pages1
    ISBN (Electronic)1864998288
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventAmerican Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE) Global Colloquium on Engineering Education - Sydney, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 26 Sep 200530 Sep 2005

    Conference

    ConferenceAmerican Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE) Global Colloquium on Engineering Education
    CountryAustralia
    Period26/09/0530/09/05

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