Leveraging animations to enhance learning through virtual product dissection

Kevin G. Kearney, Elizabeth M. Starkey, Scarlett R. Miller

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Abstract

Product dissection, in either physical or virtual form, has been found to be an effective learning tool. With the rapid growth of technology, effective virtual education tools have the potential to continue increasing in value. Although physical product dissection is often implemented in the classroom, there are some limitations to employing these tools. One such limitation is the inability to see into a product and view the internals of a product while it is functioning. Recent research has found that students who dissect physical or virtual products have similar conceptual understanding of products after dissection. Although there are promising findings for virtual dissection, there is still room for improvement in these virtual environments to enable better understanding of products. One way this may be possible is through the addition of animations, which show the functions of the internal components in a product, a capability that is currently not offered in virtual product dissection tools. These animations have the ability to show how a product works in ways unobtainable through physical product dissection and currently unavailable in virtual product dissection. Therefore, this research aims to explore the impact that animation in virtual product dissection has on learning and cognitive load for engineering students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication21st International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 16th International Conference on Design Education
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859216
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
EventASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2019 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2019Aug 21 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume3

Conference

ConferenceASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period8/18/198/21/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Kearney, K. G., Starkey, E. M., & Miller, S. R. (2019). Leveraging animations to enhance learning through virtual product dissection. In 21st International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 16th International Conference on Design Education (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 3). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2019-98285