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New Engineering Educators
More than a half-decade of evolution and honing of two web-based Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) tools, Mechanix and Sketchtivity, has yielded a product for the classroom that provides personalized and immediate feedback to each student while encouraging them to explore new tasks.
These are tools of the future, today, with instructor-tailoring capabilities and availability at any time for students to continue their practice while receiving instructor-influenced visual and textual constructive feedback regarding their actions.
Sketchtivity is enhancing drawing skills by analyzing performance on digital sketches of common shapes and progressing through to 3D constructs. Enhancing the offering is an award-winning gaming aspect that emphasizes the key measurable elements of a well-sketched line: Speed, Accuracy, and Precision.
Mechanix provides significant support for one of the more time-intensive homework/grading courses in engineering, statics. Instructors build custom practices (truss and free-body analysis), or use existing standard configurations, and students may attempt the problems anytime and anywhere. The students receive immediate constructive feedback and instructors may gather metrics regarding student/class performance. The student metrics may then be used by the instructor to tailor future lesson elements based on the results of the practice work in Mechanix.
This study explores the deployment of both products in an engineering freshman-level applied mechanics lab course. The Mechanix deployment will be contrasted with a previous deployment in a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) high school classroom. The Sketchtivity deployment will focus on self-efficacy of engineering students in their sketching capabilities in support of enhancing their ability to share their thoughts and ideas in a non-digital format.
Brooks, R. H. (2020, June), Deploying Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) in the Engineering Classroom Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34382
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