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Finite Element Analysis Active Learning Modules Embedded Throughout A Curriculum: Implementation and Assessment of Results Based on Student GPAAbstractCommercial finite element packages are widely used in industry thereby making exposure to thistool an essential component of undergraduate engineering education. This paper discusses thedevelopment, implementation, and results of integrating active learning modules (ALM’s)throughout an engineering curriculum with the goal of providing an effective learning resourcethat reinforces fundamental, yet challenging, course concepts without requiring knowledge of therigorous mathematical theory underlying the finite element method. Fifteen ALM’s have beenimplemented into eight courses at six different universities. Assessment has been done throughthe use of identical pre- and post-ALM quizzes and a survey that gathers student informationsuch as GPA, gender and ethnicity. Results indicate that there is a significant increase in studentperformance after completing the ALM’s and there is a more substantial positive impact onstudents with lower GPA’s (< 3.0) than those with higher GPA’s (≥ 3.0). These results providestrong evidence that the ALM’s developed and implemented during this study result in improvedstudent comprehension of challenging topics while exposing all undergraduate engineeringstudents to the finite element method.
Watson, K. A., & Brown, A. O., & Liu, J. (2015, June), Finite Element Analysis Active Learning Modules Embedded Throughout a Curriculum: Implementation and Assessment of Results Based on Student GPA Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24112
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