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Comparative Assessment of Student Performance on Exams when Using Online Homework Tools in an Undergraduate Engineering Mechanics Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division Poster Session

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Civil Engineering

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23.308.1 - 23.308.9



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Monique H. Head Morgan State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Monique Head is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. She earned her bachelor and master of civil engineering degrees from the University of Delaware in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and her doctorate in structural engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2007. Her research and teaching interests include experimental testing, detailed analytical modeling using state-of-the-art software to study the responses of bridges, structural dynamics, bridge engineering, performance-based bridge design using AFRP composite materials, reinforced concrete design, seismic retrofitting of bridges, and engineering education. Dr. Head is a member of several national professional organizations, and enjoys facilitating engineering outreach activities for K-12 students to stimulate an excitement for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Oludare Adegbola Owolabi PE Morgan State University

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Dr. Oludare Owolabi, a professional engineer in Maryland, joined the Morgan State University faculty in 2010. He is the assistant director of the Center for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering Research (CATIER) at Morgan State University and the director of the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Laboratory. He has over eighteen years of experience in practicing, teaching and research in civil engineering. His academic background and professional skills allows him to teach a range of courses across three different departments in the school of engineering. This is a rare and uncommon achievement.
Within his short time at Morgan, he has made contributions in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been uniquely credited for his inspirational mentoring activities and educating underrepresented minority students. Through his teaching and mentoring at Morgan State University he plays a critical role in educating the next generation of underrepresented minority students, especially African-American civil engineering students.
He is also considered to be a paradigm of a modern engineer. He combines practical experience with advanced numerical analysis tools and knowledge of material constitutive relations. This is essential to address the challenges of advanced geotechnical and transportation research and development. He is an expert in advanced modeling and computational mechanics. His major areas of research interest centers on pavement engineering, sustainable infrastructure development, soil mechanics, physical and numerical modeling of soil structures, computational geo-mechanics, constitutive modeling, pavement design, characterization and prediction of behavior of pavement materials, linear and non-linear finite element applications in geotechnical engineering, geo-structural systems analysis, structural mechanics, sustainable infrastructure development, and material model development. He had been actively involved in planning, designing, supervising, and constructing many civil engineering projects, such as roads, storm drain systems, a $70 million water supply scheme which is comprised of treatment works, hydraulic mains, access roads, and auxiliary civil works. He had developed and optimized many highway design schemes and models. For example, his portfolio includes a cost-effective pavement design procedure based on a mechanistic approach, in contrast to popular empirical procedures. In addition, he had been equally engaged in the study of capacity loss and maintenance implications of local and state roads (a World Bank-sponsored project). He was the project manager of the design team that carried out numerical analyses to assess the impact of the new shaft and tunnel stub construction on existing London Underground Limited (LUL) structures as per the proposed alternative 3 design of the Green park Station Step access (SFA) Project in U. K. He was also the project manager of Category III design check for the Tottenham Court Road Tunnel Underground Station upgrade Project in UK.

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Petronella A James-Okeke Morgan State University

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Comparative Assessment of Student Performance on Exams when Using Online Homework Tools in an Undergraduate Engineering Mechanics Course Civil Engineering DivisionAbstractEngineering mechanics courses are vital to the core competencies of engineering students,especially civil engineering students. The objective of this study is to assess students' mastery ofcertain topics such as equilibrium of a particle, equilibrium of a rigid body, analysis of trusses,and structural analysis on midterm exams compared to the final exam. Student performanceassessment and improvement are evaluated based on the amount of points earned on engineeringmechanics problems from these series of exams. Another method for comparative evaluation isto determine, if any, correlations between improved students' understanding of topics asdemonstrated on these exams when homework was completed by hand (conventional/traditionalmethods) compared to using online tools like MasteringEngineering and online video tutorials,which are designed to be interactive for which students can complete homework problems(among other assessment metrics) from the course textbook. The anticipated results of this studywill assist instructors of engineering mechanics courses by helping 1) to identify "tricky"concepts or "muddiest points" that seem to trouble students, 2) to provide a list of "lessonslearned" when developing homework and exam questions, and 3) to provide troubleshooting tipsin order to enhance learning effectiveness by anticipating some of these challenges students facein an undergraduate engineering mechanics course.

Head, M. H., & Owolabi, O. A., & James-Okeke, P. A. (2013, June), Comparative Assessment of Student Performance on Exams when Using Online Homework Tools in an Undergraduate Engineering Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19322

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