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Developing A Model Of Students' Navigations In Computer Modules For Introductory Thermodynamics

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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ASEE Multimedia Session

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8.392.1 - 8.392.17



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Arne Weigold

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M. P. Sharma

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Edward Anderson

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Roman Taraban

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Session 2793

Developing a Model of Students’ Navigations in Computer Modules for Introductory Thermodynamics

Roman Taraban1 , Edward E. Anderson2 , M. P. Sharma3 , and Arne Weigold 4 1,4 Department of Psychology Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-2051 2 Department of Mechanical Engineering Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-1021 3 Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82071-3295


Active learning techniques were incorporated into modules on a CD-ROM and were provided to students in introductory thermodynamics at Texas Tech University and the University of Wyoming during two semesters. The active learning techniques included interactive exercises, graphical modeling, physical world simulations, and exploration. We were interested in how students used these materials, and how we might improve them. In two case studies, students’ interactions with the CD were automatically recorded to a computer file and provided detailed logs of students’ page navigations and their behaviors and performance with interactive elements. From these logs, we described their behaviors and inferred their reading and metacognitive goals and strategies. The analyses were used to propose changes to the implementation and delivery of the materials.


A goal of new initiatives in engineering education is to use computer and multi- media technology to help students become successful, active learners. Theoretical models of learning1 proposed that active learning was not the result of a single factor but of several related factors working together, as follows. Active learners consider the nature of the

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Weigold, A., & Sharma, M. P., & Anderson, E., & Taraban, R. (2003, June), Developing A Model Of Students' Navigations In Computer Modules For Introductory Thermodynamics Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11993

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