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Creation of an Online Video Tutorial Library at a State University

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Technical Session 5: Topics related to Engineering

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Computers in Education

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Paul Morrow Nissenson California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Paul Nissenson (Ph.D. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2009) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He teaches courses in the thermal-fluid sciences, computer programming, and numerical methods. Paul's current research interests involve studying the impact of technology in engineering education. He has served on the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section Board of Directors since 2014, including as the section's Chair for 2018-2019.

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Nolan Tsuchiya P.E. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Nolan Tsuchiya is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Tsuchiya obtained his Ph.D. from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA in the area of Dynamic Systems and Control). Dr. Tsuchiya teaches Control Systems Engineering, System Dynamics, and Computer Programming courses using MATLAB/Simulink at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is currently the advisor for the CPP SAE Baja racing team, and a co-advisor for the CPP ASHRAE club. He holds an active California PE license.

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Mariappan Jawaharlal California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, has more than 20 years of academic, industrial and entrepreneurial experience in engineering and is renowned for his innovative, engaging teaching pedagogy. He received the California State University System’s highest honor, the Wang Family Excellence Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as the Provost’s Award, the Northrop Grumman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Fellowship in the Biomimicry Institute. At Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, he was one of the first faculty members recruited to develop a new engineering program with a $100 million donation.

Dr. Jawa is founder and director of Robotics Education through Active Learning (REAL), a K-12 outreach robotics program that educates thousands each year and culminates in the Annual Robot Rally, the nation’s largest robotics event. He also co-founded the Femineers (Female Engineers), which the White House recognized for its empowerment of young women to become engineers.

Since founding an online education company in 1998, Dr. Jawa has developed hundreds of interactive, engrossing learning modules, online tutorials, and CSU course redesigns focusing on bottleneck courses. He has brought many new engineering and robotic products to market from mere concept stages. He also writes columns for The Huffington Post and Medium on various K-12 and higher education topics. A marathon runner and scuba diver, he has completed 25 marathons and has run across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim to rim.

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Angela C. Shih California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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This paper describes the creation and utilization of a video tutorial library by the Mechanical Engineering Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), which is a primarily undergraduate institution. The library was started in March 2013 and currently contains over 600 original videos covering topics in statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, strength of materials, stress analysis, control systems, computer programming, numerical methods, and heat transfer. Twelve faculty members and full-time lecturers have contributed to this library by either creating videos or allowing their in-class lectures to be recorded. In addition to full-length lectures, the library contains numerous shorter videos covering single topics and example problems. The videos are hosted on the department’s YouTube channel and organized on a website called ME Online ( All videos are captioned and available to the public as an open educational resource. As of April 2019, the YouTube channel has accumulated over 4.2 million views and 37,500 subscribers.

The funding to develop content for the video library was obtained during 2011-2017 through a series of small internal and external grants for the purpose of course redesign. Costs were kept low by utilizing on-campus entities and student assistants to help with recording and editing, and faculty members volunteered their time to maintain the YouTube channel and ME Online website. In addition to being a supplemental resource for students at Cal Poly Pomona and around the world, videos have been repurposed for flipping a computer programming course and fluid mechanics course, as well as teaching a massive open online course. In Winter 2018, a survey was administered to 340 mechanical engineering undergraduate students at Cal Poly Pomona to gauge the impact of the video library on their academic career. Information was gathered on awareness of the video resources, frequency of viewing, perceived usefulness, and other topics. The majority of students were aware of the video resources, felt the videos had a positive impact on their education, and felt the videos helped improve their grades in at least one class.

Nissenson, P. M., & Tsuchiya, N., & Jawaharlal, M., & Shih, A. C. (2019, June), Creation of an Online Video Tutorial Library at a State University Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32563

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