Tutor Topics:


Wayang Outpost









Interactive Tutors:


  • The study and description of motion, without regard to its causes

Injection Molding

Finite Element Analysis


  • Stamping
  • Strip Layout
  • Die Casting
  • Forging

Spatial Reasoning

Technical Drawing:

  • Drafting for technical and mechanical illustration

Rotation Drawing:

  • Mechanical drawings depicting movement around a vertical axis


  • Shaping metal by using localized compressive forces

Die Casting:

  • A process for producing engineered metal parts by forcing molten metal under high pressure into reusable steel molds


  • An Interactive Case-Based Computer Program for Inquiry Teaching in a variety of displines.

Why the name RASHI?


RASHI in Action





Lizzie Borden



This web-based project supports an inquiry-based approach to history through the lens of an intriguing historical episode; Lizzie Borden was accused of killing her father and step-mother, Andrew and Abby Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts on August 4, 1892. The system was built  by the Center for Educational Software Development.  Lizzie was tried and acquitted, though much of the existing evidence pointed to her as the perpetrator.

By studying primary sources from the time of the murders and trial, students come to understand the history of a troubled family. By widening that study to life in Fall River during the Gilded Age, many important aspects of family, social, labor, political and economic history come into focus. Students learn to read and interpret primary source documents, many digitized and made available on the website companion for the course. Maps,photos, illustrations, census and other demographic records, business and probate records are all organized to support an investigative approach to this event and its broader historical context. Students use these sources to develop and argue original theses about life in Fall River during this era. The website offers interactive exercises to support these course activities.

While originally designed to support undergraduate courses, an expanded version of the website invites exploration by a wide audience, including K-12 classes and the general public. For more information and a tour of the site, see: Lizzie Borden Inductive Approaches to History Website


The Lizzie Borden Website


Authors / Developers

David M. Hart, Elizabeth Terhune, Victoria Getis, David Gosselin
Center for Educational Software Development
Stephen Nissenbaum, Bruce Laurie
Department of History



The Lizzie Borden history website was developed and is supported by the Center for Educational Software Development (CESD). Additional funding for this project was provided by Five Colleges, Inc. and by professional grants from the UMass President's Office. .