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From Black boards to Digital boards: Students and Professors experience Challenges and Remedies

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Computing in the classroom

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Mechanical Engineering

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23.619.1 - 23.619.16



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Zahra Shahbazi Manhattan College

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Zhahra Shahbazi is as an assistant professor of Mechanical engineering at Manhattan College. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Tehran (mechanical engineering), M.S. from Amir Kabir University of Techonology (biomedical engineering) and a Ph.D. degrees from the University of Conecticut (mechanical engineering). She also received a certificate in college instruction from the University of Connecticut. Her current research involves modeling and simulation of protein molecules as nano bio robots with applications in new drug design. The other aspect of her research is engineering education.

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sina Shahbazmohamadi University of Connecticut

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From Black boards to Digital boards: Students and Professors experience Challenges and RemediesSince the early days of education, there has always been a challenge about the appropriatemedium for the interaction between the instructors and students in the classroom. In this study,the efficiency of use of tablets, as an alternative for traditional black and white boards, has beeninvestigated. The advantages and disadvantages of this medium are elaborated and theexperience of the both professors and students toward the use of tablet has been recorded usingcarefully prepared questionnaires in more than ten engineering classes in two universities. Bothundergraduate and graduate courses are targeted and effort has been made to identify challengesin using this technology.In addition, several remedies are proposed based on the students and professors comments toimprove the efficiency of the use of tablets. The paper ultimately proposes an optimized methodfor use of tablets in engineering classrooms which can improve both the teaching and thelearning experience in universities.

Shahbazi, Z., & Shahbazmohamadi, S. (2013, June), From Black boards to Digital boards: Students and Professors experience Challenges and Remedies Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19633

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