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A Blended Approach to Learning and Teaching about Materials in the 21st Century

Aaron S Blicblau | School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Victoria Australia

A Blended Approach to Learning and Teaching about Materials in the 21st Century

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Learning is a complex issue. When students need to learn a new field they are often puzzled by the subject content. This is especially so for the area of Materials Science and Materials Engineering (MSME, which is not taught in schools where the seeds can be found in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. The learning process in these fields involves extensive theoretical, experimental, and mathematical applications. With the vast advances in information technology (IT) teaching tools not available one hundred years ago are integrated with those currently accessible to provide a blended approach to the learning and associated teaching process. Today�s students are brought up with the information age at their fingertips, the so called �digital natives", yet still need to live in an environment where engineers need to construct, and it is materials which are the base source of all their requirements.