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Different Zoom Breakout Room Methods and Techniques' Effects on Engineering Students’ Learning Outcomes for Engineering Courses

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Remote Instruction/COVID-19 Strategies

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Engineering Technology

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Khalid Zouhri University of Dayton

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Dr. Khalid Zouhri is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology at the University of Dayton. Prior to joining the faculty at the University, he was an assistant Professor for four years in the Department of mechanical engineering at Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to working at HCT Dr. Zouhri was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut while working in the aerospace industry. Dr. Zouhri has an over a decade of experience in the aerospace industry where he started in Timco Aviation as an Airframe Structure mechanic, after that he joined Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, CT as a Test Engineer for the F135 military engine STOVL and CTOL program for F35 Joint Strike fighter and he worked also in Radiall Aerospace in New haven, CT. Dr. Zouhri received his bachelor of sciences in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, MBA from Southern Connecticut State University and PhD in Mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Zouhri’s research interests include thermal fluid sciences application and analysis, Materials behavior for energy conversions devices, bio-fluid mechanics application using particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique. Turbulence analysis, jets, bluff bodies, and airfoils.

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Carson Lee Running University of Dayton Orcid 16x16

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Professor Running works to motivate students inside and outside of the classroom to make a positive difference in the world. Prof. Running's technical scholarship is focused on hypersonic aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics with complementary interests in novel experimental surface-measurement techniques and facility design. These research endeavors seek to deliver answers to fundamental questions facing the hypersonic community and will lead to increased national security, space exploration and a revolutionized commercial-flight industry providing flights from LA to Tokyo in under 2 hours. Prof. Running is also active in pedagogical educational research, where he investigates predictive learning analytics and dynamic driven admissions criteria to better serve underprepared and underserved students.

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The Zoom application has become so popular since the COVID19 pandemic. Many institutions have limited options of instructional modes and tools that can be used when the physical school is closed. The instructions moved fully online in April 2020 in the United States and around the world. Many online instruction modes were available for faculty and students but they were not efficient compared to Zoom. However, Zoom also has limited options to fully replace the face to face instruction. This paper will investigate the effect of “breakout rooms” in the Zoom application and its effect on the student performance in engineering courses. The study is done in a ‘Strength of Materials’ course and the analysis was performed throughout the semester. The aim of this analysis taken on Zoom breakout room sessions is to determine the most beneficent method that adds value to the learning outcome of the engineering students. The analysis on the breakout room in the Zoom application used ten different methods and techniques to determine the most effective way for learning improvement for engineering students on engineering courses to occur. The results of this paper highlight the most efficient method and technique that can be implemented when an online instruction method is used.

Zouhri, K., & Running, C. L. (2021, July), Different Zoom Breakout Room Methods and Techniques' Effects on Engineering Students’ Learning Outcomes for Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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