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GIFTS – Utilizing MATLAB’s Online Tutorial in First-Year Engineering Courses

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2019 FYEE Conference


Penn State University , Pennsylvania

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July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

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July 30, 2019

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T2C: GIFTS - Session C

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I am a PhD student in NJIT, Electrical & Computer Engineering department.

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Jaskirat Sodhi New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. Jaskirat Sodhi is a University Lecturer in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is interested in first-year engineering curriculum design and recruitment, retention and success of engineering students. He is the coordinator of ENGR101, an application-oriented engineering math course for students placed in pre-calculus courses. He has also developed and co-teaches the General Engineering Fundamentals of Engineering Design course that includes a wide spectra of activities to teach students the basics of engineering design using a hands-on approach which is also engaging and fun. He is an Institute of Teaching Excellence Fellow and the recipient of NJIT’s 2018 Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award.

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Ashish D Borgaonkar New Jersey Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar works as Asst. Professor of Engineering Education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Newark College of Engineering located in Newark, New Jersey. He has taught several engineering courses primarily in the first year engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering departments and won multiple awards for excellence in instruction. He also has worked on several research projects, programs and initiatives to help students bridge the gap between high school and college as well as preparing students for the rigors of mathematics. His research interests include engineering education, excellence in instruction, water and wastewater treatment, civil engineering infrastructure, and transportation engineering.

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This is a GIFTS presentation. As a fundamental and powerful tool for engineers, MATLAB plays an essential role for students to become professionals in their engineering fields. Students do not have many opportunities to learn much about fundamental MATLAB knowledge until they take some higher-level engineering courses. Students then find themselves short on the basic skills they need to quickly adapt to the course and succeed. To make sure first-year students at our mid-size technology university are exposed to MATLAB early on, we use Analytical Methods for Engineering Applications (ENGR 101) an introductory course based on the Wright State Model, to introduce the basic knowledge of using MATLAB to the students. The idea is that the students develop the capability of understanding basic MATLAB operations and utilizing it to reinforce the learning of theoretical materials introduced in the lecture. Starting this semester, in addition to the use of traditional lab instruction to teach MATLAB, we have started using MATLAB’s online teaching platform – Onramp. The idea came to the authors while attending the sponsored MATLAB workshop at 2018 FYEE conference. MATLAB Onramp is a free introductory tutorial on the basic MATLAB functionalities and commands. It offers hands-on exercises with feedback and video tutorials to make the material more engaging and interesting. It concludes with a short project that brings together everything learned in the short course. By finishing the online training, the students receive a course certification from MathWorks. The students are offered an extra credit incentive to finish this short course. We are collecting more information on the effectiveness of these activities and will have results to share by the date of the presentation.

Wang, C., & Sodhi, J., & Borgaonkar, A. D. (2019, July), GIFTS – Utilizing MATLAB’s Online Tutorial in First-Year Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--33702

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