Case Studies

Adaptive Mechanics

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A/Prof. Gangadhara Prusty A/Prof. Gangadhara Prusty

The Adaptive Modules have been particularly successful in teaching complex threshold concepts to large classes and understanding what students really know and the ones that need help.

The Adaptive Mechanics Portal represents a collaboration between 7 leading universities to create a pioneering suite of Adaptive Tutorials that teach key threshold concepts in first year mechanics. The Portal was inspired by the initiatives of A/Prof. Ganga Prusty and a successful pilot in the mechanics course in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW. This was subsequently expanded to a Community of Practice project with the support of the Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC).

These Adaptive Tutorials are interactive and highly engaging and provide students with a personalized learning experience that adapt the instruction level to the students’ level of understanding. These Adaptive Tutorials have been shown to significantly improve student learning and reduce failure rate.

Gangadhara is a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW and has contributed significantly to the enhancement of student learning. Using a blend of traditional and contemporary teaching methods, he has helped students understand the key threshold concepts of the mechanics courses effectively. He pioneered the Adaptive eLearning technologies with traditional teaching in novel ways to help net-gen students in large engineering classes. His teaching development has been taken up by students and academics at the national and international universities.

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