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ASEE 2015 Seattle Abstract Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Online Team and Activity-Based Introduction to Engineering CourseAs the popularity of online education in engineering increases, project- and team-based classestaught in classrooms must be converted into equivalent online versions. In order to maintainequivalency, content and ABET outcomes must be considered. This is especially difficult whenon-ground classes are based on hands-on team activities and projects. The scalability of coursesalso must be considered due to the growing demand for engineering courses in the onlineenvironment.This paper will discuss the creation process, implementation and evaluation of an onlineIntroduction to Engineering course adapted from a largely team- and lab-based on-groundversion. The epistemic framework and structure of the course will be discussed, focusing on itsteaming and hands-on nature. Specifically, the design and implementation of teamworkthroughout the course will be described, with a focus on the final team project, which consists ofmembers designing, building, and testing musical instruments amid constraints that limit theirdesigns based on the designs of other team members.The first two offerings of this 7.5-week course took place during Fall 2013 with more than 110students, most of whom were non-traditional students working in an engineering-relatedindustry. Since then more than 300 students have gone through this course. The course’seffectiveness and students’ perceptions of the course and their teaming experience will beaddressed based on data collected from course-evaluation surveys and comments from projectdeliverables, team discussion logs, and team effectiveness assessment surveys.Recommendations for similar courses and strategies that can be used to scale this team andactivity-based course while maintaining course quality, effectiveness, and student learningexperience will also be addressed.
Mertz, B. E., & Zhu, H., & Wang, C. (2015, June), Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Online Team and Activity-based Introduction to Engineering Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23810
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