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Pages: 6761-6768
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain

OPEN-HARDWARE SOLUTIONS IN THE EDUCATION OF CIVIL ENGINEER STUDENTS

J.M. Ceballos, J. Torrecilla, J. Lozano, M. Candel

Universidad de Extremadura (SPAIN)
We have detected a great gap between teaching of structural mechanics and the real world applications related with this subject. The European Higher Education Area requires a higher proportion of practical content in courses, so that students can develop skills to solve real problems in the development of their professional practice. Therefore, we have the challenge of developing new laboratory practices to reduce the gap between theoretical contents of the classes and the aforementioned real world applications.

When we faced with this problem, we realized that usual commercial equipments for educational laboratories are quite limited in flexibility and are often quite expensive. In this work we show how we have implemented the practices for a structural mechanics course in the second year of civil engineering studies using open hardware solutions. For this purpose we built our own devices and involved students from different courses and specialties, including undergraduate researchers in the development of the different mechanical and electronic components. The main aim of the present work has been the creation of a self-teaching experience for students, where they can freely build the models, interact with the sensors and check the correlation between the theoretical models and the practical results.
@InProceedings{CEBALLOS2014OPE,
author = {Ceballos, J.M. and Torrecilla, J. and Lozano, J. and Candel, M.},
title = {OPEN-HARDWARE SOLUTIONS IN THE EDUCATION OF CIVIL ENGINEER STUDENTS},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN14 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-0557-3},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {7-9 July, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {6761-6768}}
TY - CONF
AU - J.M. Ceballos AU - J. Torrecilla AU - J. Lozano AU - M. Candel
TI - OPEN-HARDWARE SOLUTIONS IN THE EDUCATION OF CIVIL ENGINEER STUDENTS
SN - 978-84-617-0557-3/2340-1117
PY - 2014
Y1 - 7-9 July, 2014
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN14 Proceedings
SP - 6761
EP - 6768
ER -
J.M. Ceballos, J. Torrecilla, J. Lozano, M. Candel (2014) OPEN-HARDWARE SOLUTIONS IN THE EDUCATION OF CIVIL ENGINEER STUDENTS, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, pp. 6761-6768.
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