In undergraduate engineering courses, fluid mechanics is regarded as a challenging subject. This is particularly the case for students who do not possess a strong mathematical background. This chapter reviews the issues related to the teaching of fluid mechanics with an emphasis on how e-technology can enhance student learning. It uses the data of 462 students studying the second year engineering course at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Australia. The UWS fluid mechanics course, in its past ten years, has undergone significant changes in its content and delivery. It has been found that teaching based on a student-centered approach is more effective in teaching fluid mechanics than a lecturercentered approach. Further enhancements are proposed in UWS through a blended learning approach involving both e-technology and traditional teaching methods to teach fluid mechanics. The method can also be adapted to other universities.
|Title of host publication||Curriculum Design and Classroom Management|
|Subtitle of host publication||Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications|
|Place of Publication||Hershey PA USA|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|