July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
The sudden eruption of a global pandemic has conveyed enormous changes to college campuses. Universities had to suddenly switch to virtual teaching and this shift appears to be here awhile. While different disciplines vary in their degree of ease in adapting quickly to a new mode of teaching, the faculty has to be innovative in using available technology to successfully switch to remote teaching, while keeping or increasing even further the efficiency of conveying the content of their courses.
Faculty at xxx University teaching “Engineering Mechanics, Statics and Dynamics” a sophomore-level 4-credit hour course covering both engineering statics and dynamics, shifted to a Blend Flex mode of course delivery with a virtual asynchronous component. The class is split into two cohorts for in-person class meetings. The Learning Management System (Canvas) modules are organized into lesson pages with objectives and materials posted for each lesson. Before attending their assigned sessions, students review the reading assignments and lesson videos. Each face-to-face meeting covers two lessons, as both cohorts interchange meeting days to accommodate half the registered students and maintain social distancing. Students are asked to watch the lesson videos, come to class prepared with any questions and be ready to practice in-class problems.
The class is scheduled for three days per week, 100 minutes per session. Cohort A meets every Monday, Cohort B meets every Friday, and both alternate the cohort meeting on Wednesday. Each cohort has separate quiz days based on their meeting schedule; both cohorts have the same exam days with students spread out in two classrooms to maintain social distancing. Instructors hold office hours by appointment, either face-to-face or virtual. AEE Learning Assistant (LA) is available to help all students with learning course concepts, practice problems, and review for assessments (quizzes and exams). The LA holds online office hours in the evenings and weekends as needed.
This study will provide an assessment of students’ performance on quizzes and exams for the sections using Blend Flex mode taught in Fall 2020, compared to previous semesters where students were taught face-to-face. A summary of students’ perceptions will be provided based on extensive surveys and questionnaires throughout the semester.
Liao, J., & Papkov, G. I., & Badir, A., & O'Neill, R. (2021, July), A Blend Flex Engineering Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36552
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