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.