June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.252.1 - 26.252.9
Assessing the Learning Gains of Manufacturing Students in an Integrated Hands-on Curriculum The lack of hands-on experience is one of the major competency gaps in engineeringeducation. Funding agencies such as NSF have strived to address this concern. TheManufacturing Integrated Learning Lab (MILL) was an outcome of these efforts. The MILLModel for Engineering Education (Mill Model for short) was developed by [_____]. The modeluses team‐based projects, coordinated across multiple courses, culminating in the design andmaking of a functional product. The unifying theme is the design and ultimate fabrication of afunctional product that students encounter repeatedly in the various courses. An assessmentinstrument to gage student learning in the target areas has been developed and subjected topsychometric analyses. The results indicate excellent structure of the instrument. This projectwill deploy said assessment instrument at the four original MILL implementation sites as well asthree additional comparison sites not implementing the MILL Model. Analysis of thecomparative performance of the two groups of students will be undertaken to ascertain thelearning gains attributable to implementation of the MILL Model. The pool of availablepsychometrically validated assessment items will also be expanded during the course of theproject. A repeated measures MANCOVA will be conducted to assess the magnitude of theeffectiveness of the MILL Model in increasing student learning outcomes in targetedcompetencies. Statistical tests will be conducted at nominal α = 0.05 level. This project uses psychometrically validated standardized testing to evaluate and validateattainment of target hands-on competencies. This is an innovative use of standardized testing forprogrammatic evaluation as opposed to standard comparison curricula. It can documentattainment of specific targeted learning outcomes for accreditation and other assessmentpurposes. By comparing performance on the test instrument between intervention groups andcomparison non-intervention groups, the project will document the learning gains attributable theMILL Model intervention. The use of a psychometrically validated standardized testincorporating a physical manipulative to evaluate attainment of hands-on engineeringcompetencies is unique and is expected to be a significant contribution to the field.
Ssemakula, M. E., & Liao, G. Y., & Sawilowsky, S. S. (2015, June), Assessing the Learning Gains of Manufacturing Students in an Integrated Hands-on Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23592
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