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An Introduction to the CLICK Approach: Leveraging Virtual Reality to Integrate the Industrial Engineering Curriculum

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

Industrial Engineering

Page Count

18

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https://peer.asee.org/31904

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14

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Christian Enmanuel Lopez Pennsylvania State University, University Park Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2801-4618

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Christian E. López B. is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. He has worked as an Industrial Engineer in both the Service and Manufacturing sectors before pursuing his Ph.D.

I am interested in the design and optimization of intelligent decision support systems and persuasive technologies to augment human proficiencies. My research over the last few years has focused on the development of machine learning methods that personalize the human learning process and enhance the efficiency of task completion and decision making. Currently, I am working on the analysis and design of personalized persuasive systems to improve the motivation and task performance of individuals. I am a member of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A.) Laboratory at Penn State.

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Omar Ashour Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

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Dr. Omar Ashour is Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College. Dr. Ashour received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering/Manufacturing Engineering and the M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received his M.Eng. degree in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Ashour was the inaugural recipient of William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professorship in Industrial Engineering in 2016. Dr. Ashour's research areas include applied decision making, modeling and simulation, and process improvement. He contributed to research directed to improve engineering education.

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Conrad Tucker Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Dr. Tucker holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also affiliate faculty in Computer Science and Engineering. He teaches Introduction to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) at the undergraduate level and developed and taught a graduate-level course titled Data Mining–Driven Design (EDSGN 561). As part of the Engineering Design Program’s “Summers by Design” (SBD) program, Dr. Tucker supervises students from Penn State during the summer semester in a two-week engineering design program at the École Centrale de Nantes in Nantes, France.

Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory. His research interests are in formalizing system design processes under the paradigm of knowledge discovery, optimization, data mining, and informatics. His research interests include applications in complex systems design and operation, product portfolio/family design, and sustainable system design optimization in the areas of engineering education, energy generation systems, consumer electronics, environment, and national security.

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Abstract

This work introduces a new approach called Connected Learning and Integrated Course Knowledge (CLICK). CLICK is intended to provide an integrative learning experience by leveraging Virtual Reality (VR) technology to help provide a theme to connect and transfer the knowledge of engendering concepts. Integrative learning is described as the process of creating connections between concepts (i.e., skill and knowledge) from different resources and experiences, linking theory and practice, and using a variation of platforms to help students’ understanding. In the CLICK approach, the integration is achieved by VR learning modules that serve as a platform for a common theme and include various challenges and exercises from multiple courses across the IE curriculum. Moreover, the modules will provide an immersive and realistic experience, which the authors hypothesize, will improve how the students relate what they learn in a classroom, to real-life experiences. The goals of the CLICK approach are to (i) provide the needed connection between courses and improve students’ learning, and (ii) provide the needed linkage between theory and practice through a realistic representation of systems using VR. This work presents the results from an initial usability test performed on one of the VR modules. The results from the usability test indicate that participants liked the realism of the VR module. However, there are still some areas for improvement, and future work will focus on assessing the impact of the CLICK approach on students’ learning, motivation, and preparation to be successful engineers, areas which could translate to a STEM pipeline for the future workforce.

Lopez, C. E., & Ashour, O., & Tucker, C. (2019, June), An Introduction to the CLICK Approach: Leveraging Virtual Reality to Integrate the Industrial Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/31904

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