A Computer Aided Learning Package for Teaching Geotechnical Engineering

 

Basuony El-Garhy

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations
Civil Engineering Department, University of Tabuk, KSA
e-mail: belgarhyl@ut.edu.sa

Tarek Ragab

Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering Department, University of Tabuk, KSA
Civil Engineering Department, University of Alexandria, Egypt
e-mail:tragab@ut.edu.sa

Fahmy Asal

Assistant Professor of Surveying Engineering
Civil Engineering Department, University of Tabuk, KSA
e-mail: fasal@ut.edu.sa

 

 ABSTRACT

A Computer aided learning package has been developed as a support aid for students learning some principles of geotechnical engineering. The package called CALP_GE_I (Computer Aided Learning Package for Geotechnical Engineering I course) has been evolved over a period of one year as a result of research into student learning. This paper discusses the development and use of the CALP_GE_I. The package has been designed in such a way that users are made to work interactively with the programs, and are often required to provide numerical input or select from multiple choice questions. In this way, the users are involved in the solution process, thereby ensuring that the concepts are reinforced. Each of the programs is briefly described, and a tutorial is provided which guides the user through each program. CALP_GE_I is shown to be an effective learning tool in addition to the conventional methods of learning.

Keywords: Computer aided learning; geotechnical engineering; undergraduates teaching.

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