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Implementation of Active Cooperative Learning and Problem-based Learning in an Undergraduate Control Systems Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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23.698.1 - 23.698.15



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Sanjay Jayaram Saint Louis University, Parks College of Eng.

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Dr. Sanjay Jayaram is an associate professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department of Saint Louis University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University
of Central Florida in 2004. He teaches control systems/mechatronics, space systems engineering and astronautics related courses as well as engineering sciences courses. He has published several peer reviewed journal and conference papers in these areas. His research areas are space systems, robust fault tolerant control, nonlinear control, adaptive control, small spacecraft design, high performance spacecraft components, mechatronics, real-time health monitoring, and diagnostic methodology.

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Implementation of Active Cooperative Learning and Problem-based Learning in an Undergraduate Control Systems CourseAbstractRecent years have shown a fundamental shift in undergraduate engineering education fromlecture-based teaching methods to using more learner-centered approaches, specifically ActiveCooperative Learning (ACL) and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) methodologies. ACL and PBLtechniques have been identified by ABET as a pedagogical approach to promote learningoutcomes. ACL and PBL techniques are widely known to be a motivating, student-centeredstrategy that foster student initiative and focuses the students on real-world, open-ended projectsthat can increase their motivation. Research from literature shows that ACL and PBL improvesstudent knowledge and retention, motivation, problem-solving skills, and the ability to skillfullyapply knowledge in new situations. Control Systems course is widely viewed by theundergraduate students in mechanical and aerospace engineering programs to be one of thehardest courses to understand the material.This paper addresses the implementation of ACL and PBL methodologies in the undergraduatecontrol systems course in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering program at out university.These techniques are being implemented during Fall 2012 semester. The paper will providedetails of various ACL and PBL techniques that were implemented. The paper will also presentthe approach used taking into account aspects like problem definition, progressive disclosure ofproblem requirements, timeline, lectures, student assessment, student evaluation, and studentexperience.

Jayaram, S. (2013, June), Implementation of Active Cooperative Learning and Problem-based Learning in an Undergraduate Control Systems Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19712

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