About the project
This Online Information Resource (OIR) was developed in 2020 as a testbed for ideas about how information for STEM learning may be structured.
This version demonstrates how information may be presented for learning about structural mechanics. It is focused on the structural mechanics component of the SQA subject Higher Engineering Science and on a ‘Statics’ subject for first year university learners. It is intended for use by learners and by teachers.
Features of the resource include:
- Hyperlinking: extensive use is made of hyperlinks. This is demonstrated in the Nodal Analysis key example
- Applications sheets: These are short examples of the use of structural mechanics in supporting engineering decision making. Applications have step by step calculations but do not contain in-depth commentary or explanation of theory. They can be used by teachers to introduce a topic and by learners for finding out how topics are used in practice.
- Key examples: worked examples that also give detailed explanations of the processes being used and definitions of the concepts.
- Videos to complement the written documents (only one presently availale – for Nodal Analysis).
- Explanations: pages explaining the theory/processes behind structural mechanics. Thes link to examples, application sheets or external resources.
- Exercises: Examples for practice that give solutions on a separate file.
- Dictionary providing concise definitions.
The expectation is that, via the provision of information in different forms and by shortening the information paths by hyperlinking, use of Stempedia will lead to faster and more effective learning.
Using the resource
Ideas about how the resource may be used.
Provide us with feedback
The next stage is to seek advice about its potential so as to decide how best to proceed with its development. Please help us by reviewing the website and please contacting us by making a comment from one of the pages or by contacting Iain at: mailto:email@example.com.
This version was prepared in July/August 2020 by Iain MacLeod, Amy Lillico and Ann-Cathrin Reissmann. Amy and Ann-Cathrin are students in Civil Engineering at Glasgow University. Their contribution to the project was funded by the Scottish Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers and by the Institution of Engineers in Scotland.
Style More work is needed to develop the style of presentation. The pages and documents in the resource should be reconfigured to a professional standard.
Software platform The WordPress template used for the prototype of the resource isadequate for a demonstration but not suitable for an OIR.
Document format Pdf format was used for convenience. It is likely that html will be the main document format.