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Title: Teaching the technical university course “modern materials and technologies”
Authors: Arras, Peter
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2014
Abstract: Advancements in the development of materials and technologies significantly contribute to successful progress in natural sciences and technical branches. Most of innovations in modern technologies are related to the use of new materials, or new technological methods of using existing materials.
An analysis of the key findings in technologies and in the research of materials and technology, which have an impact on the technical education level of the population and are related to sustainable economic development of society is missing.
In our thesis we investigate the relationships between new findings, what companies require and what universities offer, and we focus on a theoretical basis for implementing new technical knowledge about material sciences into the teaching content in university engineering studies.
Table of Contents: 1 Introduction 9
2 Literature study 13
2.1 Modern Trends in Education 13
2.1.1 Blended learning 13
2.1.2 Internet based learning/Technology assisted learning/Technology enhanced learning/Hypertext assisted learning (HAL). 14
2.2 E-technologies in education. 15
2.2.1 Flipped classrooms 16
2.2.2 Hypertext as a learning tool 17
2.2.3 Remotely controlled laboratories. 22
2.2.4 Conclusions on the use of e-technologies and remotely controlled laboratories. 30
3 Research 32
3.1 Goals and objectives 33
3.2 Hypotheses: 34
3.2.1 Hypothesis 1 34
3.2.2 Hypothesis 2: 34
3.2.3 Hypothesis 3: 34
4 Methodology 35
4.1 Analysis of industrial needs on material knowledge 35
4.1.1 Questionnaire 35
4.1.2 Results 36
4.2 Analysis of material sciences courses in engineering degrees in Flanders (Belgium) 41
4.2.1 Introduction to engineering degrees. 41
4.2.2 Number of ECTS awarded to material sciences 41
4.2.3 Content overview of the courses 43
4.3 Blended learning as selected solution/method 45
4.3.1 Theory section: 48
4.3.2 “Opdrachten” section. 49
4.3.3 Laboratory (labs) section. 50
4.3.4 “Voorbeelden” (examples) section. 53
4.4 Virtual lab 53
4.4.1 Setup of the virtual lab. 54
4.4.2 List of functional requirements for the virtual lab: 55
4.4.3 Supplementary Requirements for the virtual lab. 56
4.4.4 Virtual laboratory functionality 57
4.5 Remote lab 58
4.5.1 Phenomenon studied in the remote lab for material sciences. 59
4.5.2 Remote lab setup. 62
4.5.3 Remote lab construction 64
5 Setup of the pedagogical experiment. 78
5.1 Experiment: remote lab as a substitute for the real physical lab. 78
5.2 Statistical analysis. 79
5.2.1 The descriptive statistics 79
5.2.2 Mann-Whitney U-test 80
5.2.3 Kruskall-Wallis Analysis 81
5.2.4 Overall conclusions of the statistical analysis. 83
5.2.5 Appreciation of the method by students for pedagogical practice. 83
6 Conclusions 86
6.1 Conclusions based on the experiment. 86
6.2 Use of the results in educational practice 89
6.3 Further work. 92
7 Publications of the candidate. 93
7.1 IT (Articles in internationally reviewed academic journals) 93
7.2 AT (Articles in other academic journals) 93
7.3 IHb (Article in academic book, internationally recognized scientific publisher) 93
7.4 IC (Papers at international scientific conferences and symposia, published in full in proceedings) 93
7.5 IC-p (Papers at international professionally oriented conferences and symposia, published in full in proceedings) 95
7.6 IMa (Meeting abstracts, presented at international scientific conferences and symposia, published or not published in proceedings or journals) 96
8 Bibliography. 96
9 List of figures. 101
10 List of tables. 103
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: TH
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