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Photos from the 2nd ALTC Workshop on the 14th Feb 2011 at RMIT University, Melbourne.
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Event: ALTC Workshop in RMIT

Engaging Students with Adaptive Tutorials

The second workshop for the Adaptive eLearning@ALTC Project

When: Monday, 14th February 2011

Where: RMIT University, Casey Plaza Video Conference Room

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Detailed instructions on getting there is also available here

Adaptive eLearning@ALTC is an ALTC-funded, cross-university project to develop and disseminate a set of Adaptive Tutorials targeting threshold concepts in Engineering Mechanics.

Adaptive Tutorials are highly engaging educational activities that mimic one-on-one tutoring by intelligently adapting to student's misconceptions and providing timely feedback.

The following universities are participating in the project:

  • University of New South Wales
  • RMIT University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Tasmania

The project's second workshop will be open to the public. Attendees will learn about the Adaptive eLearning approach and will get hands-on experience with developing Adaptive Tutorials using the Adaptive eLearning Platform.

You may also find this exciting educational technology applicable in other areas of study; we will discuss various applications such as Medicine (e.g. Virtual Patients and Virtual Slides), Biology (e.g. Virtual Laboratories), Business Simulations, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and others.

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For more information, please visit: www.adaptiveelearning.com/mechanics.

ALTC Project sparks major interest across Australian universities


Major interest in using Adaptive Tutorials from different universities in Australia was generated during the recent presentation and workshop of our ALTC Project at the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) 2010 conference in December. The attendees got the chance to develop a part of an Adaptive Tutorial using the Adaptive eLearning Platform’s authoring toolkit whilst being guided by our developers, and were very impressed by how simple and easy it was. Almost all of the attendees who are academics teaching Engineering Mechanics from various universities in Australia expressed their desire to implement Adaptive Tutorials in their courses, and we intend to follow up on this in the coming months.


The project's 2nd full-day workshop will be conducted by us at the RMIT University in Melbourne, on the 14th February 2011. Besides discussing the future work on the project, the workshop will hold a training session to provide hands-on experience with using the Adaptive eLearning Platform, and present the newly developed Adaptive Tutorials being developed for the project. The workshop also aims to attract more attention to the project in Victorian and Tasmanian universities and is opened to the public.


Please contact us for more information.

SiTEL’s Innovative Education Conference 2010

In April we shall be flying over to Washington D.C. to take part in SiTEL’s Innovative Education Conference 2010.

We are excited to have been invited, and honoured to be seen as an innovator in a conference which aims to “join innovators and educators that can help provide the tools and approaches for effective engagement of the workforce”.

SiTEL (Simulation and Training Environment Lab) is a division of MedStar Health's ER One Institute and is considered to be a fast, reliable solution necessary to address the unmet need for training and education in mass casualty incidents at MedStar hospitals. SiTEL work as an “expert team of skilled clinicians, law enforcement, healthcare educators and interactive multimedia developers to create a comprehensive, hands-on training platform that provides flexible, customizable and engaging education and training solutions in the market for high-reliability organizations.”

The conference, hosted by SiTEL, holds and enforces its goals to explain and discuss new and developing technologies…

  1. Technologies which create leverage & enrich complex learning organizations.
  2. New learning environments & platforms/applications which cultivate inventive learning strategies.
  3. How educators, students and leadership will be effected by these technologies.
  4. How one incorporates these new strategies & technologies to improve safety, quality, and overall standard of learning amongst learners. We shall be discussing the role of the AeLP in learning and the exciting new possibilities now open to us with the further development of our own technology.
To learn more visit http://SiTEL.org
ALTC to fund Adaptive Tutorials in leading Australian Universities

Gangadhara Prusty (Mech Eng) has been awarded an ALTC competitive grant funding of $211,000 to develop and share use of adaptive tutorials in mechanics courses in engineering.

Adaptive Tutorials (ATs) provide a way of dealing with common sticking points, or 'threshold concepts' that prevent students progressing in the study of mechanics. These can sometimes be picked up by skilled one-to-one coaching but are usually missed by traditional 'book and board' teaching in large classes. The Adaptive tutorials use artificial intelligence (AI) principles along with online interactive virtual laboratory activities (simulations), to:

  • track each student’s interaction with the simulation, and provide tailored feedback
  • generate data that teachers can use to identify common conceptual sticking points in large classes
  • provide information for adjusting the simulation, feedback and other learning activities in a course to help students through threshold concepts.


Pilots in Mechanical Engineering courses at UNSW have established the effectiveness of the tools and method. The ALTC funded project is entitled 'An adaptive eLearning community of practice for mechanics courses in engineering' and aims to extend use of this technology through the development, use and dissemination of a set of Adaptive eLearning Tutorials that target identified threshold concepts in the field. Furthermore, this project will foster a community of practice revolving around the use of such technology through a strong focus on staff training and cross-institutional, cross disciplinary, collaboration and related staff development events.

Led by Dr. Prusty, the project team involves engineering educators in UNSW and three other universities Zora Vrcelj (Civen), Prof Tim McCarthy (U Wollongong), Anne Gardner UTS, and Roberto Ojeda (U Tasmania). Other Faculty staff on the team include Carol Russell (Education Research Fellow), Nadine Marcus (CSE), Dror Ben-Naim (CSE) and Shaowei Ho (Mech Eng Hons Grad).

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