Designing User-Friendly Handouts for Mechanics Courses
New Mexico State University
Place of Publication
Supplemental lecture handouts in a mechanics class serve two purposes: they provide context (practical examples of the theory in the textbook), and they explain how to solve multiple step problems. In each case, the handout contributes something not available in the textbook. Good contextual handouts grab the attention of the reader by telling a good story, complemented by a meaningful graphic. Problem-solving handouts help students understand the sequence of steps required to solve a complex problem. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by a step-by-step graphical sequence, like a series of movie frames. Each diagram includes a shadow of the previous diagram, so the student can understand the sequence better.
teaching, mechanics courses
Civil and Environmental Engineering | Mechanical Engineering
Barry Dupen (2006).
Designing User-Friendly Handouts for Mechanics Courses. Technology Interface.7 (1), online. United States: New Mexico State University.