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Integration of Mobile Technology into Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Innovations in Computing Education

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Computing & Information Technology

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22.927.1 - 22.927.9



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Tao Xing Tuskegee University

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Tao Xing is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering department at Tuskegee University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2002. His recent research focuses on computational fluid dynamics, most recently applied to renewable energy, and integration of mobile technology into engineering courses and laboratories.
Address: Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Luther H. Foster Hall, Room 532, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088
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Legand L. Burge Jr. Tuskegee University

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Legand L. Burge, Jr. is Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1972, 1973 and 1979, respectively. He has served on the faculty of George Washington University, Tuskegee, Regis College, Johns Hopkins, Bowie State University and the United States Air Force Academy, and now as dean since 1999 at Tuskegee University. In this position, he is responsible for efficient and effective operations of the College. Dean Burge brings leadership to over 700 students, 66 faculty and 21 staff members, and effective and efficient management of a modest research and development program for the College. The College continues to be a top ten producer of engineering graduates who possess the technical talent to compete in industry, governmental and academia. Dr. Burge has served on the advisory board for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Directorate, the Advisory Committee on Government Performance Assessment, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering, Advancing Minorities’ Interests In Engineering (AMIE), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Council of Deans of Engineering, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He served as a member of the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering (ASEE) Deans’ Council (EDC) as a member of the Executive Board, Public Policy Committee and the EDC Committee on Diversity; additionally, he has served as a member of the ASEE Engineering Deans Institute (EDI) Colloquium Committee, and as a member of the EDC K-12 Engineering Task Force. He continues to be an active transformational leader using his experience in national defense, academia, and the information technology industry to affect a dynamic program.

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Heshmat A. Aglan Tuskegee University

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Integration of Mobile Technology into Undergraduate Engineering CurriculumThe growing rates of mobile devices have led students to expect continuous access to lecturenotes, syllabi, homework assignments, library resources, campus announcements, local andglobal news etc. However, available applications on mobile devices designed for education arelimited. The question of how mobile devices will impact students’ learning and instructors’effective teaching is unanswered. The objective of the current study is to investigate theeffectiveness of mobile technology in enhancing students’ class engagement and learningoutcomes. A pilot activity for integrating Blackboard Mobile Learn (BML) into an introductorylevel Fluid Mechanics course in the Fall semester of 2010 is undertaken. The BML is used toprovide classroom announcements, group discussions, exam solution keys, grades, blogs, classroster, journals, media, and tasks. The BML will be used in the classroom when the instructorinteracts with the students during the lecture time such as review of homework and exams anduse of images and video clips to enhance students’ understanding of course concepts. Outside theregular class time, students will use the BML as their portable 24/7 classroom with on-timeaccess to course materials and tools and real-time assistance from the instructor. Students and theinstructor will evaluate the effectiveness of the BML on students’ learning outcomes throughspecific surveys, homework and exam grades. Some of the surveys developed for ABETassessment will be modified and administered to the students enrolled in the class. Theassessment results will be compared with the evaluation for the same course in the Springsemester 2010 without the use of BML. The introduction of mobile devices into undergraduateengineering courses in order to enhance, NOT replace, the current traditional teaching will beevaluated. The expected educational outcomes include increasing students’ engagement,enhancing students’ understanding of course concepts, improving students’ performance, andproviding real-time interactions between students and instructors. Details of the implementationstrategies, identification of challenging issues, discussion related to possible solutions andrecommendations for future improvement will be undertaken in this pilot study.

Xing, T., & Burge, L. L., & Aglan, H. A. (2011, June), Integration of Mobile Technology into Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18269

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