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Enjoyable Instructional Technology Can Enhance Learning

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Improving course effectiveness

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Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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23.541.1 - 23.541.7



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Terri M. Lynch-Caris Kettering University

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Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering (IE) and has a half-time appointment as the director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, holds an MS Degree from Purdue University and a BS from Kettering University, formerly GMI-Engineering & Management Institute. She serves on the Board of Directors of the ASEE Industrial Engineering Division.

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Mark A. Palmer P.E. Kettering University

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Enjoyable Instructional Technology Can Enhance LearningThe Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning surveyed apredominantly engineering campus on the many instructional technologiesthat exist for instruction. The purpose of the survey was to understand thetypes of instructional technologies that currently exist and identify thetechnological gaps for future purchases. Three categories of instructionaltechnology were used to group the many technological tools that were foundin various classrooms across the campus: (1) seating and room layout, (2)boards and projection and (3) computers and video capture. In addition tothe survey data, comments were solicited and compiled for continuousimprovement.A total of 75 students, faculty and staff responded to the survey. Within thethree categories of instructional technology, three survey questions wereasked to determine: (1) which technologies were used, (2) whichtechnologies did individuals enjoy and (3) which technologies didindividuals feel would enhance learning?There were several conclusions resulting from the data analysis includingdifferences between faculty and student preferences. The most interestingresult was the compelling relationship between enjoyment and learning thatbecame evident in a simple scatter plot of the data. This relationship, whilenot surprising, may influence the types of instructional technologies for themodern classroom.

Lynch-Caris, T. M., & Palmer, M. A. (2013, June), Enjoyable Instructional Technology Can Enhance Learning Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19555

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