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Continuous Assessment Method Using Scientific Articles as Study Material for Distance Learning

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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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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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 3

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Electrical and Computer

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12

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10.18260/1-2--36846

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Juhamatti Korhonen Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology

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Juhamatti Korhonen received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the D.Sc. degree in power electronics from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland, in 2008, and 2012, respectively. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with the School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT. His research interests include power electronic converters, control and modulation of power electronics, multilevel inverters, and electric drives.

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Johanna Naukkarinen Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6029-5515

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Johanna Naukkarinen received her M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 2001, her D.Sc. (Tech) degree in knowledge management from Tampere University of Technology in 2015, and her professional teacher qualification from Tampere University of Applied sciences in 2013. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher and project manager with the School of Energy Systems at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT with main research interests related to technology and society, gender diversity and engineering education.

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Hanna Niemelä Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology

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Hanna Niemelä received the M.A. and PhD degrees in translation studies from University of Helsinki in 1993 and 2003, respectively. She is currently working as an associate professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, Lappeenranta, Finland. Her professional experience ranges from translating to teaching and language consulting. Her interests include electrical engineering, scientific writing, and special languages.

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Heikki Järvisalo Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology

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Heikki Järvisalo received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the D.Sc. degree in electronics from the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland, in 2013, and 2020, respectively. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with the School of Energy Systems, LUT University. His research interests include power electronic converters employing wide band gap devices, and active learning methods in engineering education.

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Pertti Silventoinen Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology

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Pertti Silventoinen was born in Simpele, Finland, in 1965. He received the D.Sc degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Lappeenranta, Finland, in 2001. He became a professor of applied electronics in 2004. His current research interests include electronic sensor systems, signal processing and power electronics systems in various applications.

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Abstract

In recent years, the Finnish engineering education has undergone a rapid transformation from traditional classroom-based teaching toward online learning. The primary driver for this has been the increasing demand for distance learning graduate programs. The course “Electromagnetic Compatibility in Power Electronics” was changed to an online course for the 2018–2019 academic year to meet the demand created by a new study program for distance learning graduate students. Hence, new teaching and assessment methods were needed to enable the web-based delivery of the course but also to consider the profile of the students in this new program. Most of the students had received their B.Sc. degrees several years earlier from universities of applied science and had somewhat different background knowledge and skills compared with students continuing their M.Sc. studies at the same university directly after their undergraduate studies.

The modified course was built upon weekly online lectures accompanied with a weekly scientific article. Scientific articles were chosen for study material mainly because an up to date fundamental textbook was not available. As one of the aims of the distance learning Master’s program is to prepare students for doctoral studies, it was considered necessary to pay attention to the development of the more generic academic skills in addition to the specific electromagnetic compatibility-related objectives, and the use of scientific articles was considered to provide a useful tool for that. During the course it was noticed that especially the students in the new distance learning program had poor awareness of good sources of literature and rather weak scientific reading and writing skills.

Since assessment was recognized as the element that directs students’ actions most, a continuous assessment method with weekly quizzes was adopted. The questions of the weekly quiz were on the scientific article but also reflecting the weekly lectures. The continuous assessment accounted for 30% and the final exam 70% of the final grade. During the academic year 2019–2020, the students completed a series of questions of the quality of the article that they read and answered a final survey that included questions about the study method applied in the course. The final manuscript discusses the observed challenges and benefits of the described instruction method and the students’ opinions of the scientific articles as a study material.

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Korhonen, J., & Naukkarinen, J., & Niemelä, H., & Järvisalo, H., & Silventoinen, P. (2021, July), Continuous Assessment Method Using Scientific Articles as Study Material for Distance Learning Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36846

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