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Results of 3-year simulation deployment on educational efficiency

Results of 3-year simulation deployment on educational efficiency

Northwestern University Deployed a simulation into its core engineering curriculum for 2 years, giving freshman engineers the option to learn vibrations and modes from the simulation as an alternative to attending class. The results: a) 85% of participating students were able to master the material well enough from the simulations that they were excused from 2 weeks of class; b) students mastered the material on their own time and at their own pace without draining faculty or TA resources; c) students needed less than half the time on average (3.6 hours) to learn the material from the simulations as opposed to traditional methods (8+ hours); and d) students overwhelmingly preferred the simulations to traditional methods and indicated a desire to have a majority of their coursework delivered via simulation. These results were consistent for 2 years. In the third year and thereafter, the simulation path was no longer optional, becoming required for all students. The attached documents describe the simulation and the results in detail.


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