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Innovative Applications of Classroom Response Devices in Manufacturing Education

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Progress in Manufacturing Education I

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25.781.1 - 25.781.13



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George M. Graham P.E. Chattanooga State Community College

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George M. Graham Graham is the Director of the Wacker Institute and Department Head of Chemical, Manufacturing, and Industrial & Systems Engineering Technology at Chattanooga State Community College. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology at Tennessee Technological University. Prior to his academic appointment, he held Director, Manager, engineering, and research positions in automotive manufacturing and construction industries. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. He teaches courses in manufacturing, welding, controls, and automation.

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Ismail Fidan Tennessee Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Ismail Fidan is a tenured Full Professor at the College of Engineering of Tennessee Tech University. His research and teaching interests are in additive manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, distance learning, and STEM education. Fidan is a member and active participant of SME, ASME, IEEE, and ASEE. He is also the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology.

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Innovative Applications of Classroom Response Devices inManufacturing EducationABSTRACTThe curriculum in the XXX program at YYY University is extremely fast-paced. Traditional manufacturingtechnologies such as CNC milling, turning, metal casting, and welding used to be the cornerstones of theprogram. With the rapid advance of technology, a number of new subjects have been added to theprogram. Electronics and automation, strength of materials, and rapid prototyping are just a few of thecourses added to the program in recent years. The addition of these new courses has requiredconsolidation of traditional manufacturing courses. Students now learn the same material in one coursethat used to be taught previously in two to four courses. Homework assignments, laboratoryassignments, mid-term, and final exams are the typical assessment methods instructors would use inthese courses. These typical assessment methods used in manufacturing courses have severaldisadvantages. Students are not as involved in lectures as they could be, and graded homeworkassignments delay feedback from instructors to students by one or more weeks. Instructors search foralternative mechanisms to get students’ attention and keep it.To address the limitations of traditional course delivery, the authors developed and implemented hybridcourse practices initially. There were a number of advantages to using web-based course managementsystems in the delivery of their courses. Although the satisfaction scores for students’ learningoutcomes were very high, the issue of providing timely feedback on their assigned homework was achallenge. The authors of this paper began using Classroom Response Devices (Clickers) as a tool toassess students’ learning as an alternative to homework; therefore the goal of this paper is to reportthe experiences of implementing Clickers in nine, manufacturing-related course-sections. Four course-sections delivered without the use of Clickers are used as controls for comparison. The authors haveevaluated the impact of using Clickers on student-involvement from both the instructor and studentperspectives. Student satisfaction using Clickers is measured directly along with overall coursesatisfaction. The authors discuss the pros and cons of utilizing Clickers, best practices, and novelapproaches. The initial results of utilizing Clickers for formative assessment are also discussed.

Graham, G. M., & Fidan, I. (2012, June), Innovative Applications of Classroom Response Devices in Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21538

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