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Electronic Student Homework Management Systems for Continuous Improvement and Program Assessment

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Education Technical Session

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Biological & Agricultural

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25.511.1 - 25.511.17



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George E. Meyer University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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George Meyer, professor, has taught graduate and undergraduate classes for 34 years involving plant growth and environmental factors, modeling, and instrumentation and controls for both agricultural and biological systems engineering students. He has received national paper awards and recognition for his work in distance education and university teaching awards. His current research include greenhouse systems, measurement and modeling of crop water stress, fuzzy logic controls for irrigation, and plant species identification for spot spraying control and precision agriculture.

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Kim Cluff University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Kim Cluff is a Ph.D. graduate student with the opportunity both to teach and co-advise students. He has been active in creating a high-tech learning environment and embrace new technology, such as using clickers, smart-boards, video animations, and tablet PC’s in the class room to make digital ink-notes and recordings. These tools help him to cycle through different models of instruction to appeal to different student learning styles. In his research, he is currently developing new disease monitoring techniques for patients that have suffered muscle damage from peripheral arterial disease. The new diagnosis and treatment monitoring measures include muscle damage classification by morph metric (shape analysis), biochemical, and Raman spectral analysis to provide objective criteria for diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

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Jeyamkondan Subbiah P.E. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Jeyamkondan Subbiah is an Associate Professor of food engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with joint appointments in the Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Food Science & Technology. His research focuses on spectral imaging for predicting food quality (beef tenderness) and early diagnosis of human diseases (peripheral arterial disease). He has active research in the area of food safety engineering through integration of heat transfer model and predictive microbial growth/death models for food safety risk assessment. Every fall, he teaches a large sophomore-level class on engineering properties of biological materials, which consists of both lectures and laboratory sessions with an enrollment of more than 70 students. Every spring, he teaches a junior-level course on principles of bioprocess engineering which has an enrollment of about 25 students.

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Electronic Student Homework Management Systems for Continuous Improvement and Program AssessmentAbstractThe University of Nebraska Department of Biological Systems undergraduate enrollment hasbeen increasing for several years. The Department has two ABET accredited engineeringprograms; Agricultural Engineering (AGEN) and Biological Systems Engineering (BSEN).Freshman enrollments have been 80 plus students for several years. Required departmental classenrollments have been recently steady at 40 to 60 plus students per year. Three courses:AGEN/BSEN 225 “Engineering Properties of Biological Materials”, BSEN 244“Thermodynamics for Living Systems” and AGEN/BSEN 460 “Instrumentation and Controls”are now implementing electronic submission of student homework, laboratory reports, andquizzes. The approach is to become more efficient at grading consistency with improved timemanagement. Student materials are graded with new electronic touch screen technologies.Graded materials are recorded, archived to a Continuous Improvement and Program Assessment(CIPA) database for ABET, and returned to the students electronically by email. Studentevidence is important for timely update to course and curriculum outcomes matrices, one of theassessment methods in the department’s recently published CIPA manual. It is also importanttoward providing timely feedback to students on their course performance. Areas addressedinclude traditional problem solving “on engineering paper” along with computer solutions andlaboratory reports. User friendly assessment and grading systems were evaluated for efficacy andperformance. Advantages and disadvantages of these systems will be presented.Keywords: Biological systems engineering, curriculum design, teaching methods, assessmentmethods.

Meyer, G. E., & Cluff, K., & Subbiah, J. (2012, June), Electronic Student Homework Management Systems for Continuous Improvement and Program Assessment Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21269

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