Purpose, Scope, and Goals for the eLearning intervention

  • This eLearning platform is aimed at giving students the necessary skills for virtual validations of mechanical performance of parts using the finite element technique (FEA)
  • The eLearning platform would include a brief history into finite element analysis, its theory, 2D, 3D, software and its application to a mechanical part.
    The goals and Objectives of the platform would be to:
  • Create awareness on the theory governing FEA
  • Build students core compentence in the practical use of elements and
  • Help Students gain some experince in using a commercial FEA software e.g. Hypermesh
  • Show Students how FEA predict mechanical performance
  • Introduce Students to a diverse range of FEA software like Nastran, Abaqus, Solidworks etc.


Student’s readiness to take part in the eLearning intervention

  • Students are 300 level students of the school of mechanical, aerospace and automotive engineering
  • Students have actively engaged in several eLearning activity during their degree program including on moodle website where they submit course work and keep track course progress.
  • Students would expect to gain enough knowledge to pass the assessement and acquire core competence to function as FEA engineers in industry
  • Coventry University offer significant technical resources to support the platform including a number of FEA software on appsanywhere and enough computational resources in the computer labs
  • The course lecturers have significant experience FEA and would support the students where needed


Review and Adaption of Course Content

  • Materials and resources would curated on pinterest that link to videos and pdfs containing aspects of the course
  • Students would be asked to solved standard problems with analytical solution and compare this with FEA solution achieved with a commercial software
  • This software can be found on appanywhere via Coventry University account
  • A second activity would involve the finite element analysis of an actual mechanical part
  • A microsoft team group will be setup to facilitate teacher/student and student/student interation
  • Step by step pdf guides would be prepared to allow the students work at their own pace where working with the FEA software
  • The eLearning intervention would be supported by three academics with FEA experience who will join the conversation on microsoft teams and answer questions sent to them by students via email.
  • Students are advised to work in groups of three.


Plan access and assessment

  • A link to the course material on Pinterest would be sent to students via moodle
  • A first assessement is based on an online questioniare that examines each students understanding of the course.
  • The first online assessement would be based on the framework developed by H5P.org (40% of the assessement).
  • The first assessement would be scheduled online for 1 hour.
  • In a second assessement, students are required to upload unto moodle a report containing the anlaytical and FEA solutions generated while using the FEA software (60% assessement).
  • The report must be generated individually detailing aspects of group work.
  • Student involvement would be monitors via microsoft teams.
  • The second assessement would be due 1 week after the first.