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Development Of Teaching Strategies And Assessment Methods For Course “Mechanism” Based On Students' Learning Outcomes

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Design Education

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10.475.1 - 10.475.20



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Shyi-Jeng Tsai

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Pei-Fen Chang

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Jiunn-Chi Wu

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Development of Teaching Strategies and Assessment Methods for Course “Mechanisms” based on Students’ Outcomes

Shyi-Jeng Tsai1, Pei-fen Chang2, Jiunn-Chi Wu1

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering/2Graduate Institute of Learning and Instruction, National Central University, Jong-Li, TAIWAN


The introduction of accrediting programs in colleges is now the main topic of the engineering education reform in Taiwan. This paper presents therefore our current research results on curriculum planning and evaluation of the mechanical engineering course based on the learning outcomes proposed in ABET EC-2000, with example of the course “Mechanisms”. With aid of attributes from the framework developed by Besterfield-Sacre et al. we developed the outcomes and the corresponding teaching strategies. For assessment of learning, we devised also a questionnaire for further evaluation. The new results of evaluation and assessment in the current semester will be presented and discussed in this paper. The significance of the study is to give an example for engineering educators in Taiwan, how to apply ABET-EC 2000 to curriculum planning and evaluation of the mechanical engineering courses.

Keyword: ABET EC-2004, Mechanisms, learning outcome, Mechantronic Platform

1. Introduction

Our worry about the Taiwanese students’ competence to face the challenge of global competition is gradually starker. Especially our faculty has some lingering sense of dissatisfaction to students, such as low learning motivation, little demonstration of higher order skills, too little autonomy etc. One of the attempts for engineering education reform in Taiwan is to introduce accrediting programs into colleges. In order to examine the core competence of student defined by ABET EC-2000, we aimed thus to develop a similar methodology under a three-year integrated project through a joint research group from the National Central University, and Yuan Ze University. The cooperation of interdisciplinary expertise is intended to develop a series of guidelines to help the faculty to review the objectives of curriculum planning and teaching plan, so as to evaluate

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Tsai, S., & Chang, P., & Wu, J. (2005, June), Development Of Teaching Strategies And Assessment Methods For Course “Mechanism” Based On Students' Learning Outcomes Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15556

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