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Investigating Students' Performance for Textbook and in-House Homework Assignments

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Assessment of Student Learning – New Engineering Educators Division

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New Engineering Educators

Page Count

11

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https://peer.asee.org/30724

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16

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Hani Serhal Saad Eastern Washington University

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B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University
PhD. in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University

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Kyle Frederick Larsen P.E. Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Larsen currently teaches mechanical engineering at Eastern Washington University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from California State University Sacramento and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University.

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Heechang Bae Eastern Washington University

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N.M. A. Hossain Eastern Washington University

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Dr. Hossain is working as a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. His research interests involve the computational and experimental analysis of lightweight space structures and composite materials. Dr. Hossain received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering and Science from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Abstract

Homework assignments have always been an integral part of learning in all majors and disciplines. These assignments are usually selected from the course’s textbook as these provide a variety of problems related to the topic at hand. Before the advent of internet, the solution manuals to these problems where confidential as they were in most cases hard copies mailed directly to the professor. Nowadays almost any problem in a textbook can have its solution available over the web and many students are believed to have access. Since homework are sometimes used to assess the student learning outcomes, it is important to make sure the work presented by the students is descriptive of their understanding. The objective of this paper is to compare and analyze the grades on homework assigned directly from the textbook and those created and assigned for the first time by the instructor. In the latter case, the solutions are impossible to find by the students. The aim is to investigate the differences in performance between the different cases. To this end, a number of instructors in several courses in the Mechanical Engineering Department will be alternating homework assignments between those never seen before and the ones from the assigned textbook. The average class grades on these assignments are considered as the performance indicator examined to determine if there is a particular trend.

Saad, H. S., & Larsen, K. F., & Bae, H., & Hossain, N. A. (2018, June), Investigating Students' Performance for Textbook and in-House Homework Assignments Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30724

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