Date of Award
Master of Science
Civil and Construction Engineering
Dr. Mohammed Haque
Dr. Roman Rabieu
Dr. Sai Ravichandran
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Dynamics involving reinforced concrete design are the first real engineering course encountered by the undergraduate construction engineering students. Quite often its associated rigorous theories makes it an uninteresting academic hurdle for many below mediocre students. However when the theory is exemplified with multimedia, interaction and visualization techniques, the conceptual understanding is enhanced. The teaching methodology presented in this thesis is based on presenting students with an individualized, interactive and guided learning environment. The main elements of this approach are: a means of assimilating the student's interactive learning knowledge and behavior (user model), representation of the instructor's guidance and assessment knowledge (tutor model), utilization of motivational techniques such as multimedia, animation (visual model) and navigation of designed model VRML (virtual reality modeling language) model. Although the presented approach is being applied to reinforced concrete design, it employs a generic architecture, which is discipline independent and may be adapted to any other similar domain which will certainly promote and enhance students' understanding.
Vamadevan, "Learning Reinforced Concreyte Design Principles Using a Java-VRML based Design Studio" (2000). Master's Theses. 4785.