Multimedia Aided Prototype e-Learning (MAPeL) Modules for
Teaching the Fundamentals of the Finite Element Method
Development and deliverance of multimedia aided e-Courses through Virtual Learning
Environment (VLE) in engineering education, offers a great potential for improving student
learning outcomes and overcome existing educational challenges.
This paper presents the
development of an open access online Finite Element Method Learning environment (FEML)
which is a part of bigger effort to develop Finite Element Method universal resource (FEMur)
FEMur is an open access resource developed for teaching the basics of the finite
A brief discussion on FEMur resources consisting of computer codes,
reference books, discussion groups, professional societies, etc., is also included.
FEML consists of static and interactive Multimedia Aided Prototype e-Learning
(MAPeL) modules on topics such as linear algebra, degree of freedom, spring element, truss
element and beam element.
Each of these e-Learning modules includes five parts, e-Content, e-
Lecture, e-Assessment, e-Computation and e-Simulation.
A new approach of developing
integrated animated pedagogical agents to deliver online finite element method prototype e-
Lecture will be briefly discussed.
Using multimedia components, such as graphics, animations,
digital sound, etc., in developing interactive learning modules for teaching engineering can help
students to effectively engage in the learning process and better understand the subject concepts.
In the recent years, this approach has proven to be a benefit for instructors and students.
In recent years continual growth of Instructional Technology (IT) in engineering
education, has led to the development and deliverance of multimedia aided e-Courses through
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Multimedia aided e-Courses include both content and
elements of IT for effective dissemination of subject matter.
They have gained importance as a
way to solve existing educational challenges
Use of multimedia elements, such as graphics,
animations, digital sound digital video etc., to improve the student-content interaction promotes
the use of e-Learning in engineering education.
e-Learning is defined
as the mapping of
traditional teaching and learning practices to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
only follows a student centered approach but also helps the instructors in creating effective
teaching modules easily and quickly.
Finite Element Method universal resource
FEMur is a multimedia based open access online resource developed for teaching the
basics of the Finite Element Method.
Although a brief introduction of FEMur has been
, an extended discussion on its general FEM resources and open access
online Finite Element method Learning (FEML) environment will be presented here.