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Assessing the Efficacy of Supplemental Online Lecture Modules in a Core Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Classroom Practice II: Technology - and Game-Based Learning

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Educational Research and Methods

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Bob Brennan P.Eng. University of Calgary

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Robert W. Brennan has been actively involved in a wide range of national and international design education initiatives over the past 12 years. He has served on the Canadian Design Engineering Network (CDEN) steering committee, chaired the organizing committee for the second CDEN conference (2004), chaired the Schulich School of Engineering's first Engineering Education Summit (2007), served as an organizing committee member for the CIRP International Design Seminar (2006), and is the current American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) campus representative for the University of Calgary. Dr. Brennan also served as one of the founding members of the Engineering Graduate Attributes Development (EGAD) group, and has been an active participant and contributor to both Canadian and international engineering education conferences since 2001. He has published papers in Learning and Individual Differences, the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education, and Advances in Engineering Education; and has published over 30 conference papers in national and international engineering education conferences. These papers are the result of his collaborations with colleagues from the Schulich School of Engineering and the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, as well as colleagues from the University of British Colombia, the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba.

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Lauren Vathje University of Calgary

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Lauren is an engineering graduate student whose research focuses on service learning in engineering education. Lauren is also inspired by design and social entrepreneurship.

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Marjan Eggermont University of Calgary

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Marjan Eggermont is the current Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and a Senior Instructor and faculty member at the University of Calgary in the Mechanical and Manufacturing department of the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. She teaches graphical, written and oral communication in their first Engineering Design and Communication course taught to all incoming engineering students.
She co-founded and designs ZQ, an online journal to provide a platform to showcase the nexus of science and design using case studies, news, and articles.
As an instructor, she was one of the recipients of The Allan Blizzard Award, a Canadian national teaching award for collaborative projects that improve student learning in 2004. In 2005, she was one of the recipients of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Curriculum Innovation Award. She is - as PIC II chair - currently a board member of ASEE.

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In this paper, we report on a research study performed in a core, 2nd year mechanical engineering class, “Computing Tools for Engineering Design”, where lectures were available to all students both in-person and as a video recording of the same lecture. On exams and quizzes each student was asked how they prepared for each test: did they prepare by use of in-person lectures, online lectures, a combination of both or neither? We then compared how each method of course delivery used by a student with the resulting grade on the quiz/exam. This information was used to determine if the mode of lecture delivery (in-class or online) impacted students’ performance on examinations.

Brennan, B., & Vathje, L., & Eggermont, M. (2016, June), Assessing the Efficacy of Supplemental Online Lecture Modules in a Core Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26316

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