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Homework Methods in Engineering Mechanics, Part Two

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Homework, Learning, and Problem Solving in Mechanics

Tagged Division

Mechanics

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/p.25464

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https://peer.asee.org/25464

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608

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Robert O'Neill Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. ROBERT (BOB) J. O’NEILL is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1975, an M.S. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993. Prior to his coming to FGCU he was a Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University and an Associate Professor and Director of the Civil Engineering Analysis Group at the United States Military Academy. Dr. O’ Neill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been active at the national level with ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) and Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative. Dr. O’Neill is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is an American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow (ASCE), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

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Ashraf Badir P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Badir, P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Badir received his B.S. (1982) with honor in civil engineering and M.S. (1985) in structural engineering from Alexandria University, M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1992) from the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech). Dr. Badir area of specialization is in structural analysis. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

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Long Duy Nguyen P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Long Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Before joining FGCU, he was the deputy director of Tuan Le Construction and a lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT). Prior to his tenure at HCMUT, he worked as a construction consultant at Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. in Walnut Creek, California. He earned his B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from HCMUT in 1999, M.Eng. in Construction Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering – Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Nguyen is a licensed professional engineer in California.

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Derek James Lura PhD Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Derek Lura is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Computer Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation, and Robotics Technologies where he coordinated research activities at the Rehabilitation Robotics and Prosthetics Testbed. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2012. He is committed to developing his courses to apply and develop best practices from the scholarship of teaching and learning. Outside of course development, his primary research interests are in biomechanics, rehabilitation, prosthetics, and robotics. His current research projects include robotic methods modeling and predicting human motion, the functional evaluation of a variety of prosthetic devices, and the creating of low-cost virtual reality systems for stroke rehabilitation. His goals are to offer the best possible education to his students and to increase the mobility and manipulability of persons with disabilities.

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Abstract

Homework Methods in Engineering Mechanics, Part Two

In a previous paper, “Homework Methods in Engineering Mechanics,” the authors proposed the use of daily class quizzes to assess students’ understanding of homework assignments. The results of that one semester study suggested that this change had a minimal impact on overall performance. In the continuous effort to determine what will enable students to learn through solving homework problems without causing an overly burdensome grading effort to the faculty, the authors turned to Pearson’s Mastering Engineering. To quote from the Pearson website “Mastering Engineering is the world's leading collection of online homework, tutorial, and assessment products designed with a single purpose in mind: to improve the results of all higher education students, one student at a time.”

The authors have turned to this model to determine if it could be successful in encouraging students to perform better by encouraging students to complete assigned homework problems, and providing rapid feedback of performance. These Mastering Engineering assignments allow instructors to select problems and then by using randomized numbers, each student must complete a different solution. The problems are graded by the Mastering Engineering software while providing the students multiple attempts at getting the correct answer. There are some tutorials and coaching activities that can also be assigned.

This paper will provide an assessment of student performance on exams compared to previous semesters where Mastering Engineering was not used, a summary of students’ perceptions concerning Mastering Engineering and a summary of lessons learned using Mastering Engineering in an Engineering Mechanics course. This study will be continued for an additional two semesters and the results will be reported in a follow-on paper in 2017.

O'Neill, R., & Badir, A., & Nguyen, L. D., & Lura, D. J. (2016, June), Homework Methods in Engineering Mechanics, Part Two Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25464

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