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Teaching software for structural engineering

  • R. J. Plank
  • I. W. Burgess
  • C. J. Brown
Evaluation Of Learning Environments
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 438)

Abstract

This paper reviews recent experience in the development and use of computer assisted teaching software in undergraduate courses in structural engineering. Particular emphasis is given to the use of graphics and some novel applications are illustrated. The nature of the software is generally intended for use in project based studies, initially in the teaching of structural design, and now extended into other areas. Observations on program usage and the benefits of computer assisted learning in this subject area are reported.

Keywords

Teaching Software Computer Assisted Learning Computer Assisted Teaching Bend Moment Distribution Animated Effect 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Plank
  • I. W. Burgess
    • 1
  • C. J. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.Brunel UniversityUK

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