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A novel game-based approach for teaching an engineering course: Implementation in Mechanical Vibration course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Delivery Methods in Mechanical Engineering Courses

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Mechanical Engineering

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23.85.1 - 23.85.18



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Zahra Shahbazi Manhattan College

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Zhahra Shahbazi is as an assistant professor of Mechanical engineering at Manhattan College. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Tehran (mechanical engineering), M.S. from Amir Kabir University of Techonology (biomedical engineering) and a Ph.D. degrees from the University of Conecticut (mechanical engineering). She also received a certificate in college instruction from the University of Connecticut. Her current research involves modeling and simulation of protein molecules as nano bio robots with applications in new drug design. The other aspect of her research is engineering education.

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sina Shahbazmohamadi University of Connecticut

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A novel game-based approach for teaching an engineering course: Implementation in Mechanical Vibration courseProfound and applicable understanding of most engineering courses has to be achieved by beingexposed to different examples and solving a variety of problems. This process is inherently timeconsuming and difficult and can easily become boring.The method presented in this paper offers a game-based approach to enhance students learning.Students are divided into teams, competing with each other every week based on an organizedmatch-up schedule. At each match-up, points are awarded based on the performance on solvingan assigned problem and explaining that to the rest of the students. A “Q and A” session followseach presentation for additional points. Certain measures are discussed to improve the process ofassigning members for teams and contribution of every member to the overall results. The rules are thoroughly explained and the motivations behind them are discussed. In addition,the faced challenges during the implementation are discussed and the adopted remedies areelaborated. The efficiency of the method has been verified by pre and post evaluations ofstudents learning assessment and students’ feedback. The paper proposes a novel teachingmethod which successfully exploits the excitement and fun in playing games in order to improvethe learning experience for students while improving their social skills such as teamwork andpresentation skills. The method proposed is independent of the course contents and therefore canbe applied to any other engineering course.

Shahbazi, Z., & Shahbazmohamadi, S. (2013, June), A novel game-based approach for teaching an engineering course: Implementation in Mechanical Vibration course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19099

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