June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Electrical and Computer
24.701.1 - 24.701.22
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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