Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
[COURSE NAME] is a junior level, 4-unit required core course for all mechanical engineering students at [UNIVERSITY 1 NAME]. It is considered to be a bottleneck course because it is a prerequisite for several senior level courses, yet the DFW (non passing grade) rate is historically high. The average DFW rate across all sections of this course over the past 7 years is 20%. Part of this course requires students to employ abstract mathematics to characterize the behavior of real life dynamic systems. One potential cause of the low passing rate is that students have difficulty reconciling the theoretical computations to the real life systems. At many universities, the equivalent course contains a laboratory element designed specifically to bridge the gap between theory and practical application. [COURSE NAME] does not contain such a laboratory element, which may exacerbate the problem. To study the effects of whether or not a laboratory component would help students taking [COURSE NAME] a mobile laboratory experiment developed at [UNIVERSITY 2 NAME] was implemented in [COURSE NAME] at [UNIVERSITY 1 NAME].
This paper presents the results of implementing a remote laboratory assignment in [COURSE NAME] over three quarters. Student survey data was collected before and after the completion of the mobile laboratory assignment. In these experiments, the authors intended to assess the effectiveness of the [UNIVERSITY 2 NAME] mobile lab using three measures, namely Smart Tablet Readiness Measure (SmartTRM), Engineering Concepts Achievement Test (ECAT), and Engineering Concepts Self-Efficacy Test (ECSET). The data from all surveys are analyzed and conclusions are drawn regarding the effectiveness of the remote laboratory implementation.
Tsuchiya, N., & Jiang, Z., & Maxwell, A. W., & Merchant, Z. H. (2018, June), Implementation and Assessment of a Remotely Accessible Laboratory in an Engineering Dynamic Systems Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30610
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