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Comparisons of Student Performance in Similar Courses prior to, during, and after Online Instruction Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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2022 ASEE Gulf Southwest Annual Conference

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Prairie View, Texas

Publication Date

March 16, 2022

Start Date

March 16, 2022

End Date

March 18, 2022

Page Count

9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--39166

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https://peer.asee.org/39166

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209

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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 P.E. 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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Abstract

Most universities stopped face-to-face instruction in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and completed the spring 2020 semester through online instruction and assessment. At our institution, the online instructions continued until the summer of 2021. In fall 2021, the university decided to delay the full return of faculty, students, and staff to campus for the first three weeks. The authors of this paper teach the same undergraduate courses in thermal sciences. The first three weeks of instruction of our courses was conducted on-line and then was changed to face-to-face for the remainder of semester. Significant variation in student performance was observed between similar courses offered prior to, during, and after the online instruction due to COVID-19. This paper will compare the passing rates for similar courses offered during this period. We noticed a gradual decline in the knowledge of prerequisite topics following the first online semester, which indicates that many students were graded in such a way that they passed important prerequisites classes with minimal knowledge. This decline is based on several factors that include challenges that students instructors faced during the online instructions, as well as the way students’ knowledge were assessed, especially with online exams where there has been a notable uptick in scholastic dishonesty. This paper describes the factors that resulted in lower student performances and attempts by the authors to adapt and improve student performance.

Karimi, A., & Manteufel, R. D. (2022, March), Comparisons of Student Performance in Similar Courses prior to, during, and after Online Instruction Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Gulf Southwest Annual Conference, Prairie View, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--39166

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