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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: 4, Interesting) by aristarchus on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:40AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:40AM (#54050) Journal

    Do the students get credit for time served, . . um, I mean, for life experience? And does the amount a credit for life experience depend on the amount of money you have access to (either from, or not from, said life experience)?

    Congratulations, we have re-invented the apprenticeship model for the manual trades! Now get off my University!!!!

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