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Impact of Simulation-based and Hands-on Teaching Methodologies on Students’ Learning in an Engineering Technology Program

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Assessment of Learning in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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24.701.1 - 24.701.22



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Mohammed Taqiuddin Taher DeVry University, Addison


Ahmed S. Khan DeVry University, DuPage Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ahmed S. Khan is a Senior Professor in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois. Dr. Khan has more than thirty years of experience in research, instruction, curricula design, development, evaluation, implementation and program accreditation, management and supervision.
Dr. Khan received an MSEE from Michigan Technological University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management., and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Fiber Optic Communications, Faculty Development, Application of Telecommunications Technologies in Distance Education, and Social and Ethical Implications of Technology. He is the author of many educational papers and presentations. He has authored/coauthored the following books:

• Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Implications (2012)
• Technology and Society: Issues for the 21st Century and Beyond 3E, (2008)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary 2E (2006)
• Fiber Optic Communication: An Applied Approach, Prentice Hall, N.J.(2002)
• Technology and Society: A Bridge to the 21st Century (2002) • Technology and Society: Crossroads to the 21st Century (1996)
• Technology and Society: A Spectrum of Issues for the 21st Century (1994)
• The Telecommunications Fact Book and Illustrated Dictionary (1992)

Dr. Khan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and a member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and has been listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Dr. Khan also serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Impact of Simulation-based and Hands-on Teaching Methodologies on Students’ Learning in an Engineering Technology Program AbstractThe use of Simulation-based labs has been gaining currency in the domains of engineering andtechnology programs. How effective is simulation-based teaching methodology in comparison totraditional hands-on activity based labs? To answer this question a study was conducted to explorethe impact of the use of computer simulation design methods on students‘ learning for circuitconstruction in an undergraduate technical course.This paper presents the findings of the research study which tested the hypothesis tested byinvestigating three key questions: 1) Does the use of simulation improve students‘ learningoutcomes? 2). How do faculty members perceive the use and effectiveness of simulation in thedelivery of technical course content? 3). How do students perceive the instructional design featuresembedded in the simulation program such as exploration and scaffolding support in learning newconcepts?The paper also discusses the other aspects of findings which reveal that simulation by itself is notvery effective in promoting student learning. Simulation becomes effective when it is followed byhands-on activity. Furthermore, the paper presents recommendations for improving student learning,viz a viz simulation-based and hands-on labs.

Taher, M. T., & Khan, A. S. (2014, June), Impact of Simulation-based and Hands-on Teaching Methodologies on Students’ Learning in an Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20593

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