Comprehensive Evaluation of Animated Instructional Software for Mechanics of Materials

Timothy A. Philpot, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Richard H. Hall, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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During the past three years, the Basic Engineering Department at the University of Missouri -Rolla has been developing a second-generation suite of instructional software called MecMovies for the mechanics of materials course. In the Fall 2003 semester, MecMovies was integrated into assignments throughout the entire semester for one of the six UMR mechanics of materials sections. This paper presents a comparison of student performance in the experimental section with student performance in five control sections along with discussion of student qualitative ratings and comments.