Several on-line simulations have been created for a Properties
of Materials class in the Electrical Engineering department.
Students can use the simulations to help them understand
difficult concepts, especially those difficult to visualize.
Currently, there is a class web page that allows students
to link to both the on-line demonstrations as well as a
number of quizzes. Quizzes are designed to both test the
students' knowledge as well as obtain information about
the students. There is a Felder-Soloman Learning Styles
quiz, a general information quiz, and an opinion poll containing
Likert-type questions to help determine the students' reactions
to the demonstrations. Also, there is a quiz which should
test how well the students absorbed the material presented
in the demonstrations.
Masters, J., Madhyastha, T. M. and Shakouri, A. "Educational Applets for
Active Learning in Properties of Electronic Materials", to appear in
IEEE Transactions on Education.
Masters, J., Madhyastha, T. M. and Shakouri, A.
``Educational Applets for Active Learning in Properties
of Materials'' , in Frontiers of Education, Boston,
MA, October 2002
Masters, Jessica. "Educational
Applets for Active Learning in Properties of Material",
Masters Thesis, University of California at Santa Cruz,
Frontiers of Education, Boston, MA, November 2002: Educational
Applets for Active Learning in Properties of Materials
Currently, instructors create course content specific to
their course and present all available tools to students.
Ideally, there would be a way to pre-determine which tools
suit each individual student best. By using information
about a student, such as their learning style, opinions,
or personal information, we hope to be able to predict the
best possible learning materials for each student. In this
way, we can create a personalized information space tailored
to each student. We hope to create a content-free web site
that would have the "intelligence" to determine
a student's preference. Any instructor could use the web
site and "plug-in" their own demonstrations and
supplemental material for any course.
Currently Available Applets