Active learning approach for structural analysis
Christopher Judson Moran, West Virginia University, United States
West Virginia University . Awarded
Most beginning students in introductory structural analysis courses do not appear to have a sound understanding of fundamental concepts, and in general, students lack the ability to visualize the deformed shapes of simple structures. This study is concerned with the development of an effective learning environment for students to dynamically participate in their own learning by adopting an "active learning approach," which combines classical structural analysis methods with computer modeling and laboratory experiments. The objective is to provide an interactive and a collaborative, team-oriented classroom environment for students to explore theoretical concepts through physical experiments and computer modeling. The primary guiding principle in the development of the laboratory modules is constructivism, which was implemented by creating an experiential learning environment through the use of active learning techniques. Eleven laboratory modules have been developed, covering topics from static equilibrium to the measurement of displacements and strains for beams, frames and trusses.
Moran, C.J. Active learning approach for structural analysis. Master's thesis, West Virginia University.
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