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Evaluation of Cooperative Learning Assignments as a Supplement to Homework to Improve Student Learning

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Project-based and Cooperative Learning in ECE

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

25.589.1 - 25.589.8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--21346

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https://strategy.asee.org/21346

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Craig A. Chin Southern Polytechnic State University

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Craig A. Chin received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Florida International University in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the electrical and computer engineering technology at Southern Polytechnic State University. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, pattern recognition, and active learning techniques applied to engineering education.

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Garth V. Crosby Southern Illinois University, Carbonale

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Garth V. Crosby is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Crosby received his B.S. degree in electronics from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D, degrees from Florida International University in computer engineering and electrical engineering, respectively. Crosby's overall research purpose is to create secure and trusted solutions for emerging and future networks and systems. These include wireless sensor networks, wireless body area networks, cyberphysical systems, and cloud infrastructures. He also is active in researching strategies in active learning to advance engineering education. He has served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals publications, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part C, and Elsevier's Ad Hoc Network Journal. He has also served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) reviewer. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Eta Kappa Nu.

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Evaluation of Cooperative Learning Assignments as a Supplement to Homework to Improve Student LearningAbstractIt has been my personal experience, as a professor in electrical engineeringtechnology, that homework assignments often go undone or are improperly donewhether these assignments are to be graded or not. The apathy of studentstowards homework assignments results in this method producing little in the wayof improvement in the students’ understanding of the subject matter. In responseto this, in-class cooperative learning assignments are being created to activelyengage students in reviewing the content on a per chapter basis.Cooperative learning is an instructional approach in which students work ingroups on a learning task. The five essential elements required for implementinga cooperative learning technique in a classroom are positive independence,individual accountability, face-to-face promotive interaction, appropriate use ofinterpersonal and teamwork skills, and regular self assessment of teamfunctioning. The cooperative learning assignments will include all the elementslisted previously and will be compared to individual, graded homeworkassignments in terms of its effectiveness in improving student learning. Themethods of evaluation that will ascertain the effectiveness of each strategy willinclude: student-evaluation questionnaires, assignment grades, and subsequentquiz grades.

Chin, C. A., & Crosby, G. V. (2012, June), Evaluation of Cooperative Learning Assignments as a Supplement to Homework to Improve Student Learning Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21346

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