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A Systematic Review of Technological Advancements to Enhance Learning

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Management

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26.120.1 - 26.120.15



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Elizabeth A Cudney Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dr. Elizabeth Cudney is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford, and her doctorate in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla. In 2013, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASQ Fellow. In 2010, Dr. Cudney was inducted into the International Academy for Quality. She received the 2008 ASQ A.V. Feigenbaum Medal and the 2006 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award. She has published four books and over 40 journal papers. She is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a member of the ASEE, ASEM, ASQ, IIE, and the Japan Quality Engineering Society (JQES).

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Julie Ezzell

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A  Systematic  Review  of  Technological  Advancements  to  Enhance  Learning    Assessing  student  learning  styles  and  incorporating  thought-­‐provoking  activities  has  been  a  focus  of  research  for  years  in  an  endeavor  to  promote  student  academic  engagement,  encourage  success,  and  improve  overall  learning  satisfaction.  Typical  classrooms  are  being  transformed  into  training  spaces  tailored  for  individual  learning  patterns  and  personalized  for  different  skill  levels  through  the  use  of  virtual  technology  and  social  media.  These  technological  tools  are  revolutionizing  the  conventional  style  lecture  based  classroom  and  changing  the  standard  to  incorporate  options  such  as  flipped  and  blended  classrooms.  In  these  nontraditional  settings,  students  are  provided  additional  hands  on  experience  to  immerse  the  students  in  the  subject  at  hand.  In  particular,  flipped  classrooms  effectively  use  class  time  by  challenging  the  students  to  prepare  prior  to  class,  and  in  return  provide  a  place  for  students  to  work  through  problems  and  encourage  cooperative  learning.  Furthermore,  social  media  is  being  used  to  increase  subject  interest  and  boost  class  attendance  by  improving  quality  instructor  and  peer  interaction.    These  techniques  effectively  challenge  students  with  sufficient  difficulty  to  maintain  focus,  while  remaining  within  their  capabilities  to  preserve  student  curiosity.  Learning  enhancement  using  these  new  teaching  styles  was  assessed  through  surveys  provided  at  the  beginning  and  end  of  each  experiment  by  sampling  students  from  a  variety  of  backgrounds  and  skill  sets  including  military,  medical,  and  college  students.  Alternative  and  cost  effective  approaches  are  revolutionizing  learning  to  ultimately  help  improve  motivation,  concentration,  and  build  student  confidence.  This  paper  presents  a  review  of  these  technological  advancements  improve  knowledge  retention  and  enhance  learning.  

Cudney, E. A., & Ezzell, J. (2015, June), A Systematic Review of Technological Advancements to Enhance Learning Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23461

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