Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Electrical and Computer
Graduate students at Auburn University (AU) have developed a new course structure for a long-standing embedded systems lab in an effort to increase student interest in the subject matter. Students are now given a choice between two different lab exercises each week that focus on the same skills and course material. In order to quantify the success of this change in course structure, an anonymous survey measuring the Engineering Identity of each student was administered at the beginning and end of the semester for two groups in two semesters: a control group given no choice of lab exercise and an experimental group given a free choice between two lab exercises. This paper examines the results of these surveys to determine the effect that student agency can have on student interest levels and their perception of themselves as engineers.
Bolt, M. T., & Cookston, A., & Hung, J. Y., & Nelson, V. P. (2018, June), How Free Choice Affects Student Interest in a Junior-level Embedded Systems Lab Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30580
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