Civil Engineering eLearning Expo

3 May 2006

An eLearning Expo was held in the School on Wednesday 3 May. Nearly 50 academics, postdocs, postgrads and support staff came together to see some of the latest developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Learning and Teaching.

Associate Dean ICT in L&T Tim Wilkinson opened the lunchtime session by referring to the importance of carefully planning the integration of eLearning into course design. He referred to the approach of Abbas Elzein who spent much time giving first year guidance on how eLearning should be part of their weekly routine of lectures, tutorials and at home study.

Gianluca Ranzi outlined his projects on "The Dome" and "Engineering Games" which are designed to inspire students in engineering and ensure the basics are covered.

Graeme Wood displayed his online Excel spreadsheets for use in fluids mechanics. These online quizzes go well beyond what is currently available in many common commercial learning packages - as he has carefully designed the questions to consider fundamentals of fluids and complex calculations, with a useful feedback system. Students are also being trained on Excel at the same time. The contribution of Mary-Helen Ward from USyd eLearning team was acknowledged.

The event was a spark to encourage initiatives that will hopefully result in better learning outcomes for the students.