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Going Online with Statics

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovations in Teaching: Statics

Tagged Division

Mechanics

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

22.752.1 - 22.752.12

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/18033

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Sheryl A. Sorby Michigan Technological University

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Sheryl A. Sorby is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Director of Engineering Education and Research. She is the former Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University and previously served as a rotator to the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Sorby is active in the American Society for Engineering Education serving as Director of Programs and past chair of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE. She was a recipient of the Dow Outstanding New Faculty award and the Distinguished Teaching award, both from the North Midwest Section of ASEE. Her research interests include spatial visualization and computer aided design. She was recently awarded WEPAN’s Betty Vetter Award for research on women in engineering.

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Carl R. Vilmann P.E. Michigan Technological University

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Abstract

Statics
is
a
foundational
course
found
in
engineering
programs
across
the
country.
Through
a
grant
from
the
National
Science
Foundation,
Carnegie
Mellon
University
developed
an
online
version
of
Statics
that
is
freely
available
over
the
web.
The
materials
include
text
material,
animations,
film
clips,
self‐assessments
and
many
other
features
thought
to
improve
student
understanding
and
motivation.
The
materials
have
been
utilized
in
studies
across
the
country,
but
always
in
conjunction
with
traditional
classroom
sessions.
In
this
study,
we
have
attempted
to
offer
a
fully‐online
version
of
the
statics
course.
The
instructor
is
available
for
one‐hour
per
week
to
answer
questions
in
a
face
to
face
meeting,
but
students
work
through
the
statics
topics
from
the
online
materials
on
their
own
and
complete
quizzes
associated
with
each
of
the
18
modules
available.
To
assess
the
effectiveness
of
this
teaching
method,
the
Statics
Concept
Inventory
has
been
administered
to
the
students
in
the
online
course
as
well
as
to
those
in
a
“traditional”
statics
course,
taught
by
an
experienced
professor
both
pre‐
and
post‐course.
Common
questions
on
exams
have
been
administered
for
students
in
the
online
and
traditional
courses
as
well
as
a
fully
common
final
exam.
At
the
end
of
the
semester,
students
in
the
online
course
were
given
an
attitudinal
survey
regarding
their
feelings
in
taking
a
fully
online
course.
Results
from
these
assessments
will
be
presented
in
this
paper.


Sorby, S. A., & Vilmann, C. R. (2011, June), Going Online with Statics Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18033

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