Study on The Introduction of Simulation and Visualization for Intricate Experimentations and Its Effect on Learning in Engineering Education
Use of computer simulation and visualization in higher education is growing rapidly and has become a major trend in undergraduate engineering education. The greater acceptance of this trend can be, related to a reason being, simulation and visualization can bear resemblance to any physical testing technological system where students can get closest to real situations. In this context, our research proposes adaptation of simulation and visualization methods of a testing technology in classroom as a pedagogical approach on the topic of scratch test to enhance student learning. The use of technique relates to testing of modified surfaces for improved performance and life of components, specifically assessing adhesion and critical load. The Scratch Tester facilitates these measurements over a wide range of parameters. In order to gauge the effect of practicing the above pedagogy on students learning, in this research, students in control group were taught about the testing technique using conventional method and materials, whereas the experimental group was taught using additional method which is simulation and visualization. Pre- and post- test and surveys as two modes of assessment were conducted on both the groups and it is found that the introduction of simulation and visualization based pedagogy has helped in the transfer of knowledge and motivated students via an effective interface between the teacher, learner and technology. This paper reports results obtained through two modes suggesting significant learning outcomes with enhanced motivation.
Keywords - Engineering Education, Higher Education, Simulation and Visualization.