Strengthening Students Mechanics Knowledge through Instructional Videos of Hands-on Activities

TitleStrengthening Students Mechanics Knowledge through Instructional Videos of Hands-on Activities
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGibson, C.
Conference NameProceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
Date Publisheddec
AbstractThe use of hands-on activities has been proven in the past to be effective in teaching pedagogies. Recognizing this need, a first year Mechanics course at the University of Waterloo has already implemented the use of seven hands-on activities. Instructors of the course have found certain time limitations which results in students only participating in two of the seven activities. To continue improving student learning, instructional videos were developed to solve this problem. The techniques used for video development incorporate learning pedagogies to foster deeper learning throughout the viewing experience. These techniques include simulating experiential learning and reflective learning. In each video, a breakdown of the activity building and experimenting process is demonstrated. This is done through people physically interacting with the models as students would in the classroom. Accompanying the demonstration is an illustration of various mistakes students often make during the activities. Errors are discussed, and their outcomes are shown using course concepts to reinforce the appropriate processes. In addition, questions are posed to the viewers throughout each of the videos.