Simulation, Visualization and Self-Assessment Tools for Enhanced Engineering Education The Stiffness Matrix Method Module for Structural Analysis
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Duc T. Nguyen
Sushil K. Chaturvedi
A. Osman Akan
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.E54 M64 2007
Existing macromedia FLASH software which has extensive and exciting simulation and visualization capabilities is utilized to develop the "Stiffness Matrix Method" (SMM) module, which is one of the new topics ( offered for the first time in Spring 2007 semester) covered in a Structural Analysis I course, offered at the junior level at Old Dominion University. The developed software (under the FLASH environment), including tutorial lectures to explain all necessary theoretical backgrounds, formulas, step-by-step computerized procedures and numerical examples are presented in simple, user friendly, visualized, interactive fashion to enhance the student's learning capabilities. Through numerous graphical visualization and simulation examples, it can be demonstrated that the developed software package will be extremely valuable for both students and instructors. A system of self-assessment tests, ( consisting of questions randomly generated by computer) have been developed, validated and proved to be a very useful tool for students learning. These tests accept students' (hand calculated) solutions (through clicking appropriated ICONS on the specified website), compare with the correct computer generated solution, assign the students' test scores and send the scores (with the correct answers) back to the instructor and the students. Furthermore, it can be demonstrated that the developed software package also offers some "research" value in addition to the "educational" value that is the primary focus of this work.
In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/ This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).
Mohammed, Ahmed A..
"Simulation, Visualization and Self-Assessment Tools for Enhanced Engineering Education The Stiffness Matrix Method Module for Structural Analysis"
(2007). Master of Science (MS), Thesis, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/e81y-gr26