Multimedia resources in engineering

Yousif, B. F. ORCID: and Basson, Marita ORCID: and Hobohm, Carola (2014) Multimedia resources in engineering. In: Modern mechanical engineering: research, development and education. Materials Forming, Machining and Tribology. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 449-461. ISBN 978-3-642-45175-1


In this study, the impact of employing multimedia resources in the teaching of a common first year engineering course, Engineering Materials, was investigated. The aim was to determine if there was an improvement in students' reported understanding and evidence of increased student engagement in the online discussion forums as a result of using the resources. Threshold concepts and the related notion of troublesome knowledge has resurfaced in research as well as in current thinking about learning and teaching in higher education. There is no clear indication in engineering education literature on how multimedia resources could influence student understanding of threshold and complex concepts. The multimedia resources used in the course were developed as part of a framework of resources intended to guide students through identified threshold concepts. Animation software was used, supplemented by video recordings and inked annotations of each lecture. An online survey was conducted over three semesters utilizing an inbuilt facility in the online learning environment. The initial results showed that implementing the multimedia resources significantly improved the student engagement in the online discussion forums? The perceived quality of teaching and students' understanding of complex topics also improved as was revealed by results and students report. Seventy three per cent of the students stated their preference toward teaching methods using multimedia resources and inking. This preference was more pronounced in the off campus or online student cohort.

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Additional Information: Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 05:29
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 05:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: nanotechnology; robotics
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190205 Interactive Media
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360504 Interactive media
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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