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Exam Wrappers, Reflection, and Student Performance in Engineering Mechanics

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Teaching Methods for Engineering Mechanics Courses

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Mechanics

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14

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https://peer.asee.org/30462

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64

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Ashraf Badir P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Badir is an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering in Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned his B.Sc. (1982) in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. (1985) in Structural Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. He also holds a M.Sc. (1989) and a Ph.D. (1992) in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Jiehong Liao Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Jiehong Liao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2004 as a Rensselaer Medalist and as a member of the inaugural class of Gates Gates Millennium Scholars. In 2011, she earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University. Before joining FGCU, she was a visiting Assistant Professor of Biotechnology in the Division of Science and Technology at the United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai China. Since her training with ASCE's Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative in 2016, she has been exploring and applying evidence-based strategies for instruction. In addition to the scholarship of teaching and learning, her research interests and collaborations are in the areas of biomaterials, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

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Tanya Kunberger P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Kunberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Kunberger received her B.C.E. and certificate in Geochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Her areas of specialization are geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. Educational areas of interest are self-efficacy and persistence in engineering and development of an interest in STEM topics in K-12 students.

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Galen I. Papkov Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Galen I. Papkov is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Rice University in 2008, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from CUNY Hunter College in 2002, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology from SUNY College at Geneseo in 1998. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Papkov was an actuarial analyst in New York City. His primary research focus is in the field of nonparametric density estimation with applications in the areas of classification & discrimination, bump hunting, and change-point analysis. He also has experience and interests in design and analysis of surveys, multivariate analysis, regression modeling, and data mining.

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Long D. Nguyen Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Long Nguyen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Before joining FGCU, he was the deputy director of Tuan Le Construction and a lecturer at Bach Khoa University (BKU). Prior to his tenure at BKU, he worked as a construction consultant at Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. in Walnut Creek, CA. He is a professional engineer registered in California. He earned his B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from BKU in 1999, M.Eng. in Construction Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering – Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

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Robert O'Neill P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. ROBERT (BOB) J. O’NEILL is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1975, an M.S. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993. Prior to his coming to FGCU he was a Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University and an Associate Professor and Director of the Civil Engineering Analysis Group at the United States Military Academy. Dr. O’ Neill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been active at the national level with ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) and Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative. Dr. O’Neill is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is an American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow (ASCE), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

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Abstract

This paper presents the authors’ continuing study in investigating the efficacy of quizzes and homework in an engineering mechanics (Statics & Dynamics) course, starting from academic year 2013-2014. With these longitudinal data, our previous papers on this study concluded that homework did not significantly correlate with student performance on exams and that variations in homework methods had little impact on student performance in the class. Time surveys confirm that students often spend their time studying for the next quiz or exam. However, mistakes made on previous quizzes and exams are often repeated on later exams; suggesting students may not spend sufficient time in reflecting and improving their mastering of topics covered in previous quizzes and exams. As such, the authors have implemented exam wrappers to obtain students’ reflection on their quiz and early exam performance in current course offerings. Wrappers formalize the process of reviewing quiz and exam performance by asking students to formally record where mistakes may have occurred. Additionally, exam wrappers encourage reflection not only on exam performance, but also on how individuals prepared for the exam. Our premise is that the behavioral change from students, such as more reflection on the results of the formative assessment and clearer awareness of where mistakes occurred, may improve their performance on subsequent exams. In this paper, the authors will explore the relationship between wrappers and exam scores. The effectiveness of the wrappers will also be qualitatively assessed from a survey of students’ perceptions at the end of each semester.

Badir, A., & Liao, J., & Kunberger, T., & Papkov, G. I., & Nguyen, L. D., & O'Neill, R. (2018, June), Exam Wrappers, Reflection, and Student Performance in Engineering Mechanics Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30462

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