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posted by n1 on Wednesday June 11 2014, @06:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the and-called-it-the-internet dept.

Purdue University researchers who developed a new approach to more effectively teach large numbers of engineering students are recommending that the approach be considered for adoption by universities globally.

The system, called the Purdue Mechanics Freeform Classroom, allows students to interact with each other and faculty online while accessing hundreds of instructional videos and animations. It was pioneered by Charles Krousgrill, a professor of mechanical engineering, and has been used for more than two years in two mechanical engineering core courses with hundreds of students enrolled annually.

"Data analysis shows that the students are really engaging our materials, and it is having a marked effect on student performance," said Krousgrill, who is working with Jeffrey Rhoads an associate professor of mechanical engineering, Eric Nauman, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Beth Holloway, assistant dean for undergraduate education in Purdue's College of Engineering. "We'd really like to see this expand beyond the borders of Purdue and are working now to make it happen."

 
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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:10AM (#54038)

    Holy carp. Back in high school we used to say "man, I could learn more by staying home and watching TV than I ever could at this stinking high school." Looks like the egg heads have found a way to combine college telecourses and mandatory attendance, didn't they. Fucking assholes just won't admit that college is totally worthless, or they'd all be out of a job, huh?

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:32AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:32AM (#54048)

    College, worthless?! Shirley Hugh Jess! You too can be totally unemployable, just staaaay in schoooool. Spend all your money on university degrees, why not get three? While you attend class after class after class, give your professors the attention and adulation they so desperately desire! Remember, professors wither and perish if they don't get their daily dose of student worship!

    • (Score: 2) by weeds on Wednesday June 11 2014, @02:48PM

      by weeds (611) on Wednesday June 11 2014, @02:48PM (#54165) Journal

      AC didn't do very well in college did he?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @09:02PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @09:02PM (#54294)

        Or, AC is college educated and unemployed.