Developing a Model for the Teaching and Learning of Fluid Mechanics at an Open Distance University

Richard Naidoo

Jane Ramanamane


The study explores the developing of a model for the teaching and learning fluid mechanics at open distance university. Most of the students are employed. The model emphases blended learning, flexible learning and student-cantered learning. Fluid mechanics it a module offered at first level of mechanical engineering, which consists of two formative assessment, one submissive assessment and laboratory assignment. This study employed an activity theory as a framework. The quantitative approach was used to collect data. Data consists of student’s assignments (theory and practical) final examination scores. The results indicated average pass rates during 2015 and 2017. However, the pass rates during 2016 was good. It is recommended that cognitive analysis of the student responses could improve the performance rate, quality and enhancement to teaching and learning.

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