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Exam Wrappers, Reflection, and Student Performance in Engineering Mechanics – Part II

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Mechanics Division Technical Session 6

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Mechanics

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26

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32772

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https://peer.asee.org/32772

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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 with the Rensselaer Medal award and as a member of the inaugural class of Gates Millennium Scholars. In 2011, she earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University. Before joining FGCU in 2015, she was a visiting Assistant Professor of Biotechnology in the Division of Science and Technology at the United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai China. She has been exploring and applying evidence-based strategies for instruction since her training with ASCE's Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative in 2016. In addition to the scholarship of teaching and learning, her research interests and collaborations are in the areas of biomaterials, cellular mechanotransduction, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

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Galen I. Papkov Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Galen I. Papkov is the Interim Associate Director of the Honors College and 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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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

Exam Wrappers, Reflection and Student Performance in Engineering Mechanics – Part II This paper presents the authors’ continuing study in implementing a metacognitive exercise called exam wrappers. Although, in a previous study of a sophomore level engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics) course, exam wrappers did not have a significant impact on students’ final course grades and performance; overall, having students fill out quiz and exam wrappers did seem to foster reflection and adjustment in areas requiring improvements. In the current proposed work, the authors will continue their study in engineering mechanics and extend it to subsequent courses, namely introduction to biomaterials and mechanics of materials. In an attempt to discern the different hindrances that need to be eliminated for students to excel, the authors will concentrate on the hypothesized factors: foundation, precision, knowledge, attitude, and reflection. The authors will continue to survey students’ attitude towards learning through questions on the exam wrappers addressing study habits, preparation, participation, and engagement among others. However, a new coding system designed to track students from quizzes to consecutive exams will serve to assess improvement in performance. Moreover, information about students’ performance in prerequisite courses, along with their level of confidence in utilizing these foundational subjects will be collected. This information will allow the authors to gauge whether “foundation” is a major factor impacting performance. Grading exams’ rubrics will be developed to quantify the individual impact of “foundation,” “precision,” and “knowledge” in students’ performance. The rubrics will serve to track the three major sources of errors. Firstly, “foundation” including algebraic substitution, use of simultaneous equations, and issues with geometry or trigonometry. Secondly, “precision” including significant figures, lack of units, unit conversions, careless computation error, calculator issues, and error or incomplete answer or format. Lastly, “knowledge” including lack of understanding of terminology, error in constructing free body diagrams, and uncertainty on how to approach the problem. Statistical analysis of the data will be conducted and future interventions will be targeted and justified to help students improve their performance and succeed.

Badir, A., & Liao, J., & Papkov, G. I., & O'Neill, R. (2019, June), Exam Wrappers, Reflection, and Student Performance in Engineering Mechanics – Part II Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32772

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