Statics On-Line: A Project Review


Software developers and content experts from the Basic Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Rolla are engaged in the development of on-line learningware material for Engineering Mechanics - Statics. An initial, draft release of Statics On-Line is planned for the Fall 1998 semester. This paper provides an overview of the project. Statics On-Line is described from a number of different perspectives. The eventual commercial product is envisioned for use by on-campus students with their on-campus instructors. The product, with its audio/graphic mini-lectures and various interactive components, presents an instructor with the opportunity to experiment with how classroom time is spent. The pedagogical components that comprise Statics On-Line are discussed in some detail. The Statics On-Line project emerged from two separate, but related, projects. One was a multimedia project aimed at developing tools to aid the instructor in the classroom. This first project was called 'BEST' (Basic Engineering Software for Teaching) Statics. A second project, On Call Instruction (OCI) for Statics, was directed more toward the students from the outset. Its aim was to provide audio mini-lectures and other supplementary material directly to the student over the Internet on a 'just in time' basis. By combining the two projects into Statics On-Line, the results has been a product that better addresses the needs of both teacher and learner. Portions of the software are currently in use by on-campus students and instructors at the University of Missouri-Rolla.


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01 Dec 1998

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