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Board 75 : Work in Progress: A Study of Transparent Assignments and Their Impact on Students in an Introductory Circuit Course

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Electrical and Computer Division Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

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Jack Ou California State University, Northridge

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Jack Ou received the Master Degree in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in 2005 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He joined Sonoma State University in 2011 and California State University Northridge in 2015. Prior to starting his teaching career, he held several industry positions at Lucent Technologies, Anadigics, Vitesse Semiconductor, IBM and Lyric Semiconductor. His primary area of research is analog and radio frequency integrated circuits.

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Previous studies have revealed that students’ academic confidence and sense of belonging can be improved by incorporating transparent assignments in introductory classes. However, little is known about the effectiveness of such techniques in engineering courses with multiple prerequisites in mathematics and physics. Preliminary data from this study demonstrate that after implementing transparent assignments in Electrical Engineering Fundamentals, 61.3% of students reported being more confident of their ability to succeed in their field of study, 38.7% of students had a stronger sense of belonging to the school’s community, and 67.7% of students were more confident about learning effectively on their own. Furthermore, a 12.7% increase was observed in the number of students who scored more than 80 points on a 100-point final exam, and a 20.8% decrease was observed in those who scored less than 60 points on the exam.

Ou, J. (2018, June), Board 75 : Work in Progress: A Study of Transparent Assignments and Their Impact on Students in an Introductory Circuit Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30100

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