July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
In this paper, we present the development of an environmental case study for use in a first-year general engineering course. This development utilizes a real-time, high frequency environmental monitoring system located at an outlet of a watershed branch at a large land-grant university in the United States. This environmental monitoring system collects continuous water quality and quantity data and video footage and has been used as a platform for engineering education research and specific classroom interventions at different institutions in multiple countries within the last ten years, including projects applied in engineering classrooms in which students were asked to evaluate different watershed events occurring at the system’s site. Motivated by our previous experiences with cases and projects applied in engineering classes that allowed students to evaluate different site events, we focus on an event recorded in the system’s database during which there was a significant increase in crayfish activity on the same day as an unidentified chemical event. In this paper, we present the development and planned implementation of a case study utilizing the environmental monitoring system to increase environmental awareness and to provide an authentic learning experience for problem solving for a new first-semester general engineering course in an engineering transfer program at a community college in the eastern United States. We first consider the benefits of using case studies for learning. We then provide an overview of the watershed monitoring system used to collect the data and some of the previous educational settings its data has been used in. Subsequently, we summarize the particular event used in this crayfish case study and the development of some of the data analysis products that will be provided to students. Finally, we discuss the planned implementation of this case study into the first-year general engineering course and future steps to continue this research.
Freix, S., & Jalali, Y., & Brogan, D. S., & Kothyari, A., & Lohani, V. K. (2021, July), Development of a Crayfish Behavior Case Study for a New First-semester General Engineering Course Using a High-frequency Environmental Monitoring System Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36955
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