June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Educational Research and Methods
14.241.1 - 14.241.10
Assessing Learning Outcomes in and Student Attitudes toward Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics in a Live Interactive Broadcast Class Environment
This study investigates the effectiveness of the live interactive broadcast method of delivering engineering content into a standard university classroom. The Dynamics Concepts Inventory, a standardized quantitative assessment, has been administered as a pre-test and final assessment for the broadcast section of dynamics for four semesters. Student attitudes toward the non-standard learning environment were assessed through an instructor-developed survey, third party interviews, and anecdotal evidence. Results of the DCI indicate that outcomes from the broadcast section are similar to national average for lecture style classes. Attitude surveys revealed a persistent sense of student isolation and frustration with lack of personal contact with the instructor, but little difficulty with the broadcast and technology assisted class room environment.
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