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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: 3, Funny) by wonkey_monkey on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:43AM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:43AM (#54051) Homepage

    What's this? A story about education that isn't about encouraging more girls into STEM subjects?

    Sexist pigs!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:51AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11 2014, @07:51AM (#54053)

    Not nearly sexist enough. Men don't need no education, men belong off at war. Teach the girls engineering. The Future is Female.

  • (Score: 2) by tynin on Wednesday June 11 2014, @11:24AM

    by tynin (2013) on Wednesday June 11 2014, @11:24AM (#54080) Journal

    You, sir, owe me a new keyboard! Mine is now covered in coffee.

    Too funny.