Digital animations as a visual learning tool for Structural Analysis

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The School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, 2009, pp. 229 - 236
Issue Date:
2009-01
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A number of digital animation clips have been developed to explore the effectiveness of their use in teaching of the subject Structural Analysis at the University of Technology, Sydney.The subject Structural Analysis is perceived by most students as challenging not only because of the theory and analysis concepts covered, but also because in its application it is difficult to visualise how structures behave when subjected to loads. The animation clips that were developed bring âmovement and lifeâ to structures that are traditionally presented in textbooks as static. It is anticipated that this will assist students to visualise the behaviour of structures and to better understand difficult concepts and methods taught in the subject. The intended uses of the animations are (1) in-class demonstration of behaviour of structures and methods of structural analysis and (2) as a self learning tool for students. This paper will present examples of the animations, how they have been used in teaching of Structural Analysis and feedback from students on their effectiveness.
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