Title page for ETD etd-11222002-162254

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Mendez, Eduardo
Author's Email Address emendez@vt.edu
URN etd-11222002-162254
Title Groundwater Interactive: Interdisciplinary Web-Based Software Incorporating New Learning Methodologies and Technologies
Degree Master of Science
Department Environmental Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gallagher, Daniel L. Committee Chair
Holzer, Siegfried M. Committee Member
Widdowson, Mark A. Committee Member
  • Experiential Learning
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Educational Technology
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Groundwater Transport
Date of Defense 2002-11-08
Availability unrestricted
Groundwater related courses are offered through several colleges at Virginia Tech. These classes enroll a diverse group of students with varied academic backgrounds and educational levels. Though these classes emphasize different aspects of groundwater resources, they lack a unified approach in instructional materials and learning methodologies for knowledge they do share. The goals of this research are to lessen the impact of variable student backgrounds and to better integrate the courses to improve teaching and learning, through the development of a multi-tiered, interdisciplinary website, Groundwater Interactive (GWI). GWI, as an educational technology, employs a variety of interactive multimedia. The primary educational components of the website include interactive and graphical models and quizzes, and a student-authored primer. An implementation strategy based on experiential and cooperative learning models is developed for application of the GWI tool in the classroom. An assessment methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of these new learning methods and techniques was also developed, but was not implemented as part of this work.
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