CIB W78 2005 - Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering

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Today, we live in the world(,) where the information and communication technologies are developing faster than ever before. We receive information and learn from a variety of sources. However, such learning is rarely related to the official programmes of higher education. Lecturers must compete with, for example, Discovery channel, games and/or other audio/video/internet media. That is why many students today have great expectations(,) which even the well prepared and quality books cannot satisfy. Besides, it is difficult to attract their attention when the lessons are not dynamic and the lectured subject is not illustrated as it could be, considering all the technologies available.

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CIB W78 2005 - Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering

  1. 1. Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering Robert Klinc, Žiga Turk & Matej Fischinger University of Ljubljana Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering Chair of Construction Informatics
  2. 2. Agenda • Introduction • Background and motivation • Goals • Requirements and system architecture • Implementation • Demonstration • Conclusions and future work 2/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  3. 3. Introduction • Text & live talk - the only ICT when the formats of academic education were set. • Learning process did not make a considerable change for decades. • Students today have great expectations, which classic teaching methods (and learning materials) cannot satisfy. 3/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  4. 4. Background and motivation • FACTS: – Most academic textbooks contain few illustration with no color (although the importance of visual communication is well known). – Today, we receive information from variety of sources (Discovery channel, games,...). – That is why even a quality book cannot offer enough. 4/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  5. 5. Background and motivation • Earthquake engineering: – Art of detailing – Investigates problems – Searches for solutions – Practical application of solutions • Interdisciplinary and complex • A majority of lectures in EE is still delievered through teacher oriented approach. • SOLUTION: interactive multimedia 5/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  6. 6. Background and motivation TEXT BOOK (in hypertext) EMPIRICAL EXAMPLE SYSTEM (EASY) (in hypertext) EUROCODES (in hypertext) • Empirical knowledge (1995-1997) • Numerical knowledge (1996-1997) • Codes and regulations (1997-1998) • Theoretical knowledge 6/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  7. 7. Goal To develope a learning tool for teaching basics of earthquake engineering, which would provide students the opportunity of ‘being-in-the-world’, to ‘sense’ and ‘feel’ structures and their behaviour. 7/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  8. 8. Requirements and system architecture • Requirements: – It must act as a standalone tool. – Should be developed in a modular way: • suitable for integration into more complex system. • easily extendible. – Should take advantage of new on-line media: • it should be accessible on-line. • should offer more than printed letter and static picture. • should be usable in distance learning classes. 8/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  9. 9. System architecture • System divided into two parts: – Index section (Flash, XML driven) – Content section (Flash) 9/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  10. 10. Implementation • Macromedia Flash 5 was used – Modern, widely used tool. – ActionScript built-in. – ‘Easy’ to learn. – Time (and frame) based animations. • Animations ‘calculated’ on the fly. • Usage of external programs investigated. • Additional programming language used. 10/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  11. 11. Demonstration 11/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  12. 12. Conclusions • The main focus should be on content – but app. 80% of the work is on programming. • Initial enthusiasm can be lost over a longer period of time. • Limitations of Macromedia Flash: – Time consuming – Limited possibility of ActionScript – Animations (simulations) are ‘hard coded’ (no re-use of code) 12/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  13. 13. Conslusions & future work • Benefits: – Interactive, can use external tools – Available online and on removable media (CD, ...) • Evolution of presented tool: – Newer version of Flash – Core HTML – Flash only for animations • Integration with previously developed components 13/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering
  14. 14. quot;Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.quot; (Confucius, 450 BC) THANK YOU 14/14 Development of computer assisted learning tool for earthquake engineering

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