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Correlation between Asynchronous Module Comprehension and Traditional Comprehension Assessments

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2021 First-Year Engineering Experience

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Virtual

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August 9, 2021

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August 9, 2021

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August 21, 2021

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9

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Sherri Youssef The Ohio State University

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Sherri Youssef is pursuing her Masters of Science degree in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is involved in the Department of Engineering Education as a Graduate Teaching and Research Associate at The Ohio State University. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University as well in May of 2018.

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J. Blake Hylton Ohio Northern University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9766-971X

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Dr. Hylton is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Coordinator of the First-Year Engineering experience for the T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University. He previously completed his graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he conducted research in both the School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Engineering Education. Prior to Purdue, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tulsa, also in Mechanical Engineering. He currently teaches first-year engineering courses as well as various courses in Mechanical Engineering, primarily in the mechanics area. His pedagogical research areas include standards-based assessment and curriculum design, including the incorporation of entrepreneurial thinking into the engineering curriculum and especially as pertains to First-Year Engineering.

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Patrick James Herak The Ohio State University

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Dr. Herak is a five time graduate of The Ohio State University: BSE (Science Education), MS (Env Sci), MS (Civil Eng), MA (Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Education) and PhD (STEM Education). As an undergrad he was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band for 5-years and can still be found playing with the TBDBITL Alumni Band.

While at university, Dr. Herak had several jobs including as a lab assistant (in Science Education, Mechanical Engineering and Entomology) as well as a GTA (in Science Education and the first-year Engineering Program). He also worked for 4-summers on the show staff for the Columbus Zoo, training various species of birds and other animals.

Dr. Herak was a secondary science teacher for 18-years, primarily for Westerville City Schools. However, he did take a leave of absence to teach at Aldenham School near London (UK). Dr. Herak has served as an adjunct professor at Central Ohio Technical College (Environmental Science) and adjunct professor position at Ashland University - Columbus Branch (Science Education), a position he still currently holds. Dr. Herak currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Herak has presented at education conferences at the state, national and international level including the Science Education Council of Ohio, National Science Teachers Association, International Consortium of Research in Science and Math Education, First Year Engineering Education conference and American Society for Engineering Education conference.

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Todd France Ohio Northern University

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Todd France is the director of Ohio Northern University's Engineering Education program, which strives to prepare engineering educators for grades 7-12. Dr. France also helps coordinate the first-year engineering experience at ONU. He earned his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in Architectural Engineering, and conducted research in K-12 engineering education and project-based learning.

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Abstract

Over the past year, institutions have explored various manners to advance education while remaining socially distant, namely, through online and hybrid delivery methods. While these methods are actively employed now, the question regarding their effectiveness on student comprehension of the concepts highlighted remains. The aim of this work is to establish how effective online, asynchronous modules are for such. With respect to first-year programs geared towards establishing the foundational concepts of engineering design, two asynchronous, interactive modules were developed and deployed. Specifically, these modules introduced the foundational design concepts of stakeholders, need statements, information gathering, and design specifications. They were also developed in such a way that required student input such as identifying stakeholders or matching need statements. Student responses for each input was recorded and previously utilized to complete basic statistical analysis and derive preliminary trends. Upon completion of both modules, students completed an individual homework assignment that assessed their comprehension of the content covered in both modules. The assignment was comprised of several sections with multiple questions per section. Each question highlighted various aspects of the engineering problem framing process such as stakeholders or need statements. Basic statistical analysis was conducted for the scored items followed by correlation analysis with student performance on the modules previously completed. This work was intended to establish student comprehension of fundamental engineering design concepts after learning such through distance-learning methods, namely, asynchronous, interactive modules. Conclusions drawn from this work will possess broad ramifications and enable educators to determine if such methods are as sufficient as traditional in-person methods, if portions of the modules must be modified to enhance student comprehension, or if alternative methods must be employed altogether.

Youssef, S., & Hylton, J. B., & Herak, P. J., & France, T. (2021, August), Correlation between Asynchronous Module Comprehension and Traditional Comprehension Assessments Paper presented at 2021 First-Year Engineering Experience, Virtual . https://peer.asee.org/38375

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