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Challenges in Virtual Instruction and Student Assessment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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How We Tackled the Pandemic

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Mechanical Engineering

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Amir Karimi P.E. The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Amir Karimi, University of Texas, San Antonio
Amir Karimi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1982. His teaching and research interests are in thermal sciences. He has served as the Chair of Mechanical Engineering (1987 to 1992 and September 1998 to January of 2003), College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Jan. 2003-April 2006), and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (April 2006-September 2013). Dr. Karimi is a Fellow of ASEE, a Fellow of ASME, senior member of AIAA, and holds membership in ASHRAE, and Sigma Xi. He has served as the ASEE Campus Representative at UTSA, ASEE-GSW Section Campus Representative, and served as the Chair of ASEE Zone III (2005-07). He chaired the ASEE-GSW section during the 1996-97 academic year.

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Randall D. Manteufel The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Dr. Randall Manteufel is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He has won several teaching awards, including the 2012 University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2013 UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2019 College of Engineering Student Council Professor of the Year Award, 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award for College of Engineering, and 2004-2005 Mechanical Engineering Instructor of the year award, 1999 ASEE-GSW Outstanding New Faculty Award. Dr. Manteufel is a Fellow of ASME with teaching and research interests in the thermal sciences. In 2015-2016, he chaired the American Society for Engineering Education Gulf Southwest section and in 2018-2019 he chaired the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars at UTSA. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

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Jose Francisco Herbert Acero The University of Texas at San Antonio Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Francisco Herbert got his B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in 2009, as well as the certificates of concentration in energy engineering and intelligent systems, his Ph.D. degree from the same institution in 2015, and completed a post-doctorate in the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018. He has more than 12 years of experience in the wind energy field; he worked as as wind energy analyst and CFD specialist in DNV GL Energy. He has been involved in the development of large-scale wind farms and analyzed of 1.5 GW of wind projects in north, central, and south America. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Most colleges and universities stopped face-to-face instruction in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Most institutions asked their students, faculty, and staff to conduct their study, instruction, or work from their home for a few weeks. My university initially extended the spring break for one week to allow instructors prepare for virtual teaching for a few weeks. However, as the time past, like most other institution, my university decided to complete the spring semester through on-line instruction. The on-line instruction continued in summer 2020 and extended for the fall semester. The on-line instruction posed challenges for both students and instructors. The difficulties for some students included lack of access to internet or problems with internet connections during lectures or exams. The instructors also encountered difficulties with the internet connections at times. However, the biggest change has been how to monitor exams to keep the integrity of grades. This paper will provide a list of challenge the students and instructors encountered during the Coronavirus period and the solutions to overcome challenges. It explains few methods employed in testing student knowledge. The paper will summarize lessons learned this period.

Karimi, A., & Manteufel, R. D., & Herbert Acero, J. F. (2021, July), Challenges in Virtual Instruction and Student Assessment during the COVID-19 Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36789

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