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By the Students, for the students: A New Paradigm for Better Achieving the Learning Objectives

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

FPD 7: First-Year Engineering Courses, Part II: Perceptions and Paradigms

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First-Year Programs

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23.264.1 - 23.264.15



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Mohammad Esmaeili University of Dayton


Ali Eydgahi Eastern Michigan University

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Dr. Eydgahi is a professor in the school of Engineering Technology at Eastern Michigan University. He has supervised a number of graduate thesis and undergraduate projects in the areas of Unmanned Vehicle Design, Sensor Fusion, Speaker Recognition Design, Virtual Reality and Visualization, Digital Signal Processing, Control Systems, Robotics and Systems Automation. He has an extensive experience in curriculum and laboratory design and development. Dr. Eydgahi has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Tau Alpha Pi, as a member of Advisory and Editorial boards for many International Journals in Engineering and Technology, as a member of review panel for NASA and Department of Education, as a regional and chapter chairman of IEEE, SME, and ASEE, and as a session chair and as a member of scientific and international committees for many international conferences.

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By the Students, for the students: A New Paradigm for Better Achieving the Learning ObjectivesAbstract:Motivating students is one of the main daily challenges of academia. In today’s era, higher educationinstitutions are facing a new generation of college students who are harder to motivate with old tediousmethodologies such as long lectures or outdated long lab activities. As a result, the process oftransferring knowledge is inefficient and cumbersome. Some of the signs that have been observedthrough the classroom with old technologies are higher rate of absentees; low interaction betweenlecturer and students; very few interactions among the students in the class; and sometime nointeraction among the different sections of the same course with the same subjects.This study is attempting to share some of the ground experience that has been achieved through theidea of transferring knowledge by our new methodology that we call it “by the students, for thestudents” in one of our freshman course entitled “ET 100: Introduction to Engineering Technology”.Through this methodology, we not only achieved cooperation between students and lecturer but alsowe have achieved and promoted the cooperation and constructive competition among the studentswithin one section and among the different sections of the same course with related topics. The gist ofour methodology is about motivating our freshman students in College of Technology at EasternMichigan University and creating a continuous thirst of knowledge that not only drives individuals butalso drives each team and the whole class. Moreover, this paper will attempt to compare the outcomeof previous methodologies that had been used in “ET100, introduction to Engineering technology”, withthe outcome of the new introduced methodology in the same class.

Esmaeili, M., & Eydgahi, A. (2013, June), By the Students, for the students: A New Paradigm for Better Achieving the Learning Objectives Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19278

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