Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Educational Research and Methods
Several studies have demonstrated that active learning methods prime students to learn better in the classrooms. As part of an initiative to advance efforts to promote active learning facilitated through the use of hands-on learning modules, we have been conducting research on the effects of desktop learning modules (DLMs) on the learning experiences of students in engineering classrooms. We reported the effect of using DLMs on students’ motivations and learning strategies skills at the ASEE 2015 conference. However, in this follow-up study, we report a multi-site implementation of DLMs on the learning experiences of a different cohort of students. We examined the robustness of the effects of using DLMs on student learning motivation and learning strategies across multiple learning contexts. We also examined their effect in situational interest development in the classroom.
Using data from 50 participants, in this paper will report the effects of DLM-facilitated instruction on students learning experience. Participants were undergraduate students from two universities in the South-central and Pacific Northwest regions who enrolled in heat transfer courses. Participants first learned concepts of heat transfer using DLMs and then took inventories of motivation and situational interest. Results of the analyses showed similarities in DLM effect on students’ motivation and use of learning strategies across the two universities. We found no significant difference in genders across participants. The paper will discuss the effects of the implementation of DLM on situational interest development with participants across the two universities.
Hunsu, N., & Adesope, O., & Van Wie, B. J., & Beheshti Pour, N. (2018, June), Fostering an Enriching Learning Experience: A Multisite Investigation of the Effects of Desktop Learning Modules on Students' Learning Experiences in Engineering Classrooms Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30533
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