June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
This Complete Research paper describes a learning analytics (LA) informed initiative to collect a detailed account of how first-year engineering students spend their time. With a plethora of calls to increase the number of engineering graduates, it is imperative to set students up for success during their first year. While there are multiple strategies infused in students’ first year of college, and as many focused towards engineering students, there are still gaps in our understanding of what students do with their time outside of the classroom. This paper presents a study that uses a learning analytics initiative to uncover what students are doing outside the classroom and how they spend their time. Specifically, this study addresses one research question: How do first-year engineering students manage their time? Time management is one of the most critical aspects of a student’s success in college. Analyzing time management practices of students can provide valuable information about how they work and what helps them succeed. Our research details a pilot study of 14 first-year engineering students across two weeks during the Fall semester of 2017. Students used a shared Google Sheet to keep track of their activities in half-hour increments using a template created by the research team. The template includes six categories for students to fill-in: date, time, location, activity, course, and notes. Results of the study highlight the daily habits of first-year engineering students with sleep (36.94%), leisure (19.22%), other (11.04%), studying short- and long-term (8.93%), and class (7.89%) as the top four categories where students spend their time.
Brozina, C., & Johri, A., & Naderi, N. (2019, June), Engineering Time: Learning Analytics Initiative to Understand how First-year Engineering Students Spend their Time Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32742
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