Animations as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning outcomes in civil engineering courses

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Aravinthan, Vasantha and Worden, John. 2010. "Animations as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning outcomes in civil engineering courses." Richards, Larry (ed.) 40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2010): Celebrating 40 Years of Innovation. Virginia, United States 27 - 30 Oct 2010 Champaign, IL. United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2010.5673337
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Animations as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning outcomes in civil engineering courses

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsAravinthan, Vasantha (Author) and Worden, John (Author)
EditorsRichards, Larry
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2010)
ERA Conference ID42827
Number of Pages6
Year2010
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL. United States
ISBN9781424462599
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2010.5673337
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Conference/Event40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2010): Celebrating 40 Years of Innovation
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40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2010): Celebrating 40 Years of Innovation
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Virginia, United States
Abstract

Many students today are visual learners and little inclined to study printed materials or text-based on-line courses. Animations can serve as effective multimedia tools to engage these students while facilitating and enhancing the student learning experience by explaining difficult concepts through visual means instead of the traditional way of heavy textual based presentation. The importance of animations would further be realized especially when the courses are offered at distance mode where students have to rely solely on the course materials to gain in-depth understanding. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia is internationally recognized for its external delivery of courses. In this paper, we discuss the design and delivery of animations for two courses namely Public health Engineering and Geology and Geomechanics that are normally perceived to be challenging by civil and environmental engineering undergraduates. A new and innovative teaching approach was required to facilitate the students' learning of these unfamiliar materials in these courses. Animations including multimedia facilities were conceived as a better way of presenting the concepts to the students. In this paper, we discuss and further evaluate the overall performance of students as a result of introducing animations into the curriculum.

Keywordsanimations; public health engineering; geology; multimedia tool; visual learning; environmental engineering undergraduates; geomechanics; learning outcomes; text based online courses
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360502. Computer gaming and animation
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
460799. Graphics, augmented reality and games not elsewhere classified
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