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A Study of the Effectiveness of Using Hands-on Active Learning Exercises in a Production Operations Management Course

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Engineering Management Division 4: Teaching and Learning in Engineering Management

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Engineering Management

Page Count

25

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34059

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Steven Hoak United States Military Academy

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Major Steven Hoak currently serves as an instructor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Systems Engineering, focusing on engineering management. He is a career Army Aviation and Acquisition Officer. He holds a Master degree in Nuclear Engineering (Air Force Institute of Technology), a Master of Business Management (Mississippi State University) as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the United States Military Academy.

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John P. Richards United States Military Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel John Richards currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, focusing on topics in construction and engineering management. He is a career Army Engineer Officer and also taught in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy. He holds masters degrees in both Engineering Management (University of Missouri-Rolla) and Civil Engineering (University of Colorado-Boulder) as well as a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

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Abstract

At the heart of student-centered learning is encouraging students to engage with course material using a variety of instructional methods within the classroom to improve student understanding and enhance their attitudes towards the subject. Use of traditional lecture alone is typically not as effective as incorporating engaging activities by means of classroom discussion, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and simulations. One method used by the instructors of the Production Operations Management Course to reinforce learning objectives is the use of hands-on, in-class, active learning exercise. For several years, the course has simulated product facility layouts using the assembly of Lego® Bionicle construction toys to reinforce the concepts of work measurement, learning curve, and line balancing. Instructors for the course received significant interest in their use of the Lego active learning exercise during the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Management Division’s panel on student engagement during the 2019 Annual Conference. So, as part of the Master Teaching Program at the school, course instructors assessed the effectiveness of this teaching technique using student assessment data and pre/post student surveys on attitudes towards these hands-on, in-class, active learning, exercises. This study will drive changes to course curriculum and content as well as classroom instruction as part of the department’s assessment and continuous improvement processes. The lessons learned can be applied to other Engineering Management courses to strengthen classroom instruction and student engagement. This paper discusses the active learning exercises, the assessment methodology, and specific applications to classroom instruction and student engagement.

Hoak, S., & Richards, J. P. (2020, June), A Study of the Effectiveness of Using Hands-on Active Learning Exercises in a Production Operations Management Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34059

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