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Title: A multimedia-based approach to teaching engineering drawing
Authors: Kuang, Jun-Shang
Hu, Thomas W. C.
Keywords: Computer graphics
Screen-capture software
Civil engineering
Issue Date: May-2004
Citation: Proceedings of the second teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong (May 17, 2004), Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Quality, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST, 2004
Abstract: CIVL 114 is an introductory engineering drawing course taken by all first-year civil engineering students at HKUST. It covers not only CAD and manual drawing skills, but also how to interpret specialized construction drawings. In drawing classes of this nature, students may find it difficult to understand the construction drawing examples which are traditionally presented in 2-D drawings, due to a lack of site experience and proper interpretation and visualization skills. Moreover, when teaching CAD software, although live demonstrations are given in computer barns with ample lecture notes, some slow students missing just a step or two may then fail to catch up ever again in the subsequent discussions. To address such problems, we propose the use of an array of multi-media tools to allow students to better visualize construction drawing examples in 3-D, and to revise the traditional ‘notes and live demonstration’ approach to software teaching by an alternative strategy which utilizes screen-capture movies with voice and on-screen tips to explain the software operations.
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