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Embedded Learning Modules for the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

ME Curriculum and Assessment

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Mechanical Engineering

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24.471.1 - 24.471.10



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Fazeel Khan Miami University

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Fazeel Khan is an Associate Professor at Miami University's Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. His research interests include mechanical characterization of biocompatible polymers, shape memory polymers and engineering education.

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Kumar Vikram Singh Miami University

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Dr. Kumar Vikram Singh is an Associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He has received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU) in May 2003. His ongoing research focuses in the analysis of theoretical and computational inverse eigenvalue problems related to multidisciplinary areas of active vibration control, aeroelastic control, rotordynamics, active materials, composite structures and engineering education. He is also a registered P.E. in the state of Louisiana in the area of mechanical design.

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Embedded Learning Modules for the Mechanical Engineering CurriculumThis paper presents the design, implementation and findings of a National Science Foundation(NSF) sponsored project aimed at developing multimedia resources to enhance the educationalexperience of undergraduate mechanical and manufacturing engineering majors. The projectapproach departed from the typical practice of developing supplementary instructional materialfor individual courses in favor of a scaffolded architecture which features scalable content foruse in course groupings. Courses ranging from the sophomore to the senior level were arrangedon thematic lines resulting in four groups or studios, namely: Materials, Thermo-Fluids, Designand Manufacturing, and Dynamics, Vibrations and Controls. For each group, learning modulesthat connect experimental methods, for example tensile testing, with foundational course contenthave been developed. A fifth studio serves as a central library for tutorials and othersupplementary informational materials on the use of various software packages, numerical toolsand data analysis strategies that may be used in the aforementioned subject areas. Some of themodules include interactive activities. For example the use of Java applets to exploreexperimental hypothesis enables student engagement, and completion of module assignmentsensures in-depth learning of the content. The subject studios can also facilitate undergraduateparticipation in research, enable lab based activities to be imbedded into lecture only classes, andcreate opportunities for independent learning and inquiry for students. This two year project hasalso featured the development of assessment instruments for longitudinally tracking the progressof students and making continuous improvements to the modules. Highlights of this data alongwith a summary of the ensuing changes to the modules will be presented.Image of the main ComEx (Computational-Experimental) website revealing the five different studios

Khan, F., & Singh, K. V. (2014, June), Embedded Learning Modules for the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20362

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