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Introducing EngOTG: A Framework for an Audio Study Material App for Engineering Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Mechanics Division Technical Session 3

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Ghada M. Gad California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Ghada Gad is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction emphasis), from Iowa State University. Her main areas of research is in construction management focusing on contracts, procurement, project delivery methods, estimating, and risk management, in addition to the cultural aspects of construction projects. She is also an ExCEED fellow; her teaching pedagogy focuses on adopting active learning techniques in her classes, to increase student attainment and motivation beyond the classroom.

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Giuseppe Lomiento California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Giuseppe Lomiento is Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He holds a Master Degree and PhD in Structural Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he was Project Scientist in the Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego. His research focuses on earthquake engineering, structural monitoring, and multi-physics analysis. As a Professional Engineer, he has been involved in the analysis, design, and testing of a number of civil engineering structures, including bridges, hospital facilities,recreational facilities, and shipping piers. He is member of the American Concrete Institue (ACI), the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), and the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII).

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Yu Sun California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Yu Sun is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He has expertise in the areas of cloud computing, mobile computing, Internet-Of-Things (IoT) and large-scale distributed systems. Before joining Cal Poly Pomona, he was a post-doc research associate at Vanderbilt University, conducting the research on applying Bluetooth sensors to build large-scale indoor navigation system, which has been transferred into a startup company - Ziiio. He has extensive software industry experiences on building large-scale mobile, cloud, embedded and IoT systems. He worked as the Director of Engineering at Cloudpoint Labs, where he led the research and development on the infrastructure of the high-precision 3D augmented reality technology for mobile platforms; He also worked in Amazon Web Services as a software engineer and participated in the development of the world’s first cloud-based mobile web browser for Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. Recently, he founded SoftCom Lab in Computer Science Department to organize students on research and startup projects.

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Auditory learning tools, such as recorded study materials, are very commonly used in many disciplines and have proven to be effective for second-language learners, learning-disabled students, and struggling readers. However, such tools have been seldom used in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, mostly because of the technical nature of the subjects. The objective of this study is to investigate the features of audio study materials that could improve student learning and attainment of basic engineering concepts that are generally known by students to be difficult and require substantial processing and repetitions. This study presents a literature review on the subject, encompassing learning and lifestyles of millennial students and available technology tools, and the development of a framework for a mobile learning audio app. The framework leverages motivational and portability characteristics to make the learning materials accessible to students engaging in common daily activities such as commuting and exercising. Based on the framework, a beta version of the app, called Engineering On The Go (EngOTG), has been deployed to enhance learning in the Mechanics of Materials course, a course widely recognized as one that engineering students have learning difficulties with.

Gad, G. M., & Lomiento, G., & Sun, Y. (2019, June), Introducing EngOTG: A Framework for an Audio Study Material App for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33013

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