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Create Your Scenario Interactively (Csi) – A Teaching Module For Manufacturing Processes

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15.330.1 - 15.330.14



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Mrinal Saha University of Oklahoma

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Zahed Siddique University of Oklahoma

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Bipul Barua University of Oklahoma

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Firas Akasheh Tuskegee University

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Create your Scenario Interactively (CSI) – A Teaching Module for Manufacturing Processes


Students can learn more effectively when they are actively involved in the learning process. The traditional approach is mainly “teacher-centered” and lacks in the nurturing of students’ skills in today’s changing world. Various non-traditional approaches such as project-based, problem-based or case study-based learning have been developed and found to improve students’ learning engineering concepts. In this paper, we discuss the impact of scenario-based education on students’ learning manufacturing engineering and the retention of engineering students. Create your Scenario Interactively (CSI) is a novel concept expected to (i) stimulate active learning, (ii) provide an engaging learning experience of engineering concepts by allowing students to visualize and interact with 2D/3D objects, (iii) prepare students to solve open-ended problems in industries, and (iv) serve as a natural link to subsequent courses in the STEM disciplines. We discuss some initial research results on the CSI module development, implementation, and evaluation plan for teaching manufacturing engineering course at University of Oklahoma and Tuskegee University. The pedagogical effectiveness of the CSI system covering four different areas - (i) students’ learning, (ii) students’ attitude towards engineering, (iii) retention of students, and (iv) usability of the CSI system are also discussed.


Over the years the U.S. engineering schools are facing decline in students’ enrollment and graduation rate with the exception of top academic institutions [1-6]. This trend is not only related to the level of complexity associated with science and engineering education, but also the medium of instruction practiced which often leads to the students’ lack of willingness to learn abstract engineering concepts. For example, the materials and manufacturing course is offered in both the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Tuskegee University (TU) in a traditional style and is found that the students often have difficulties understanding abstract concepts and lose their interests. The medium of instruction that engages students’ learning complex engineering concepts is necessary in today’s changing world.

Learning through a medium that combines course materials with interactive visualization and simulation is proven to be a very powerful tool for engineering education. According to recent NSF funded projects it has been found than students learn best when (i) presented with organized information that relates in some way to their own experiences, and (ii) they are given the opportunity to test themselves on their own understanding and to work to develop their understanding with other students [7]. Our high school and undergraduate engineering students in the 21st century are growing up in an era where interactive role playing, and goal centered scenario (SimCity) video and computer games have been one of the major components of the entertainment industry. Survey results show that about 60% (40% of which is female) of the U.S. population play video games


Saha, M., & Siddique, Z., & Barua, B., & Akasheh, F. (2010, June), Create Your Scenario Interactively (Csi) – A Teaching Module For Manufacturing Processes Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16040

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