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Evaluation of Engineering Teaching Effectiveness through Cheat-Sheet Data-Mining

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Industrial Engineering

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Philip Appiah-Kubi University of Dayton

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This research paper describes the study of cheat-sheets and how Engineering Educators can utilize it to evaluate students’ ability to identifying critical information. Effective teaching has different definitions, which make it a challenge to settle on a single definitive definition. Some of the common words or phrases characterizing an effective teacher are: interesting, helpful, approachable, makes subject interesting, being available, motivating students, setting high but achievable standards, presents material well, and stimulating interest in subject. As good as these attributes are, they may not always guarantee the desired learning outcome. For this reason, it is important to evaluate effective teaching in conjunction with students’ learning. Student learning is normally done by evaluating their performances in exams, quizzes, class discussions and other assignments. One area full of information but has received no attention is cheat-sheets prepared my students in some exams. These sheets usually contain what students perceive as difficult to understand, memorize or pertinent to the exam. Since exams usually contain the core concept of the subjects taught, students prepare cheat-sheets to aid them to prove that they received and understood the core concept of the various subjects. From this study, we conclude that studying the structure and content of cheat-sheets may help engineering educators to gain an invaluable knowledge of how students identify the core content of class material, hence, gaining an insight on how to propagate the main subject matter of the courses they teach.

Appiah-Kubi, P. (2016, June), Evaluation of Engineering Teaching Effectiveness through Cheat-Sheet Data-Mining Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27301

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