July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Electrical and Computer
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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