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Enriching the Synergetic Instructor–Student Assessments with a Web-based Audience Response System

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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New Engineering Educators Division Technical Session 4

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New Engineering Educators

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26.675.1 - 26.675.14



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Ordel Brown West Virginia University

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Dr. Ordel Brown is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, where she currently teaches first-year courses in the Freshman Engineering Program. Her research interests in engineering education include the identification of variables that impact the first-year experience and the development of strategies to enhance it, retention of underrepresented populations in STEM fields and service-learning in engineering.

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Enriching the Synergetic Instructor-Student Assessments with a Web-Based Audience Response SystemIn recent years, higher education has experienced a rapid increase in the use of audience responsesystems. This is primarily due to their ability to actively enhance individual and groupengagement and learning by providing critical and instant feedback. This instant feedback iscritical to both students and instructors. Drawbacks of traditional feedback through homeworkand tests/quizzes include the slow response rate for students and the tediousness for instructors.Summative assessments in the form of tests and exams are not sufficient measures of students’understanding and application of knowledge. Students need continuous formative assessments tomonitor their learning by actively evaluating their level of understanding. Additionally, there isthe present need to satisfy the dynamic technology-based demands of current engineeringstudents.In an attempt to address these challenges, the use of a web-based audience response system wasimplemented in an introductory engineering course at a large, land-grant university in the mid-Atlantic region. This introductory course is offered in multiple sections in the first-yearengineering program. It is the second in a two-semester, two-course sequence and a prerequisitefor all the majors in the engineering college. The web-based audience response system wasemployed over multiple years in multiple sections of the course.This paper outlines the multi-year application of the system with an innovative approach that canbe utilized in any class size. An assessment of the impact on student learning, level of interestand satisfaction with the course are presented. It also discusses students overall assessment ofthe course. Finally, the strengths and limitations of the system’s implementation are discussedwith recommendations for new engineering faculty and/or first-time users of the technology.

Brown, O. (2015, June), Enriching the Synergetic Instructor–Student Assessments with a Web-based Audience Response System Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24012

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