Asee peer logo

Analysis of undergraduate students’ learning experience regarding hands on laboratory courses using new innovated techniques of hybrid delivery

Download Paper |


ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

Publication Date

March 24, 2021

Start Date

March 24, 2021

End Date

March 26, 2021

Page Count


Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


MD Shahriar Jahan Hossain Northwestern State University

visit author page

Dr. Hossain is currently serving as an endowed Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Northwestern State University, LA. He earned his PhD degree in the industrial engineering area, from Louisiana State University, under a fellowship funded by EDA Program. He has 11 years of teaching, research and consultation experience in industrial and production engineering. His current research interest includes manufacturing process optimization, operations research, lean production systems, supply chain management and inventory control. He is a member of DSI, INFORMS and IISE.

visit author page


Rafiqul Islam Northwestern State University of Louisiana

visit author page


Dr. RAFIQUL ISLAM has been a faculty of the Northwestern State University at Natchitoches, Louisiana in the department of Engineering Technology since January, 2000. He had been the faculty of the DeVry University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for five years. He also taught for four years at the West Coast University, Los Angeles, California. He has four years of working experience in the areas of communications and computer applications in power and control systems. His areas of interest include automation and control, alternative energy systems, cellular and PCS phones, microwave and satellite systems, fiber optics, wireline and wireless LANs and WANs, biomedical engineering technology.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Year 2020 witnessed a severe adverse effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the engineering and technology education, especially, where laboratory based hands-on activities are integral parts of the learning process. Due to the health risk and CDC guidelines, several universities all over the United States switched to online instructions, mostly relying on virtual lecture delivery tools and simulation software which substitute some lab-based activities. This research is oriented to offer and evaluate the effectiveness of some new methods for lab-based course instruction and assessment. Several courses offered in the Engineering Technology department at NSU, including Manufacturing Processes, Technical Drafting, Electrical Principals and Digital Electronics, require lab-based hands-on activities for strengthening theoretical knowledge. However, the face-to-face meeting with the students in these courses have been restricted due to the pandemic since March 2020. In this situation, we offered several innovative hands-on learning methods and assessment tools customizing respective course requirements. These methods include, (i) giving small individual project, (ii) distributing equipment to the student allowing work at home, (iii) using simulation software, and (iv) providing video instruction for the hands-on activity. The performance of the students are assessed by (v) oral presentation and viva, (vi) random quiz from large question bank, (vii) structured report writing, (viii) personalized lab test by random experimental setup, and (ix) video/picture/product submission from the completed hands-on activity. The effectiveness of these methods and tools is evaluated by a structured survey among the respective students, on a five-point Likert scale defined as, 1—very unsatisfied, 2—unsatisfied, 3—neutral, 4—satisfied, and 5—very satisfied. Statistical analysis of the survey result supports the hypothesis that the students are at least satisfied (H0: µ ≥ 4) with the instruction methods and assessment tools in all four courses listed above. We, in the Engineering Technology department, are continuing our research with several other innovative ideas focused on improving student’s learning experience in online and hybrid environment.

Hossain, M. S. J., & Islam, R. (2021, March), Analysis of undergraduate students’ learning experience regarding hands on laboratory courses using new innovated techniques of hybrid delivery Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015