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Investigating the Influence of Micro-Videos used as a Supplementary Course Material

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Exploring Research Methodologies in Engineering Education

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Ryan L Falkenstein-Smith Syracuse University

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Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University whose research interest range from carbon sequestration to engineering education.

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Jack S Rossetti Syracuse University

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I am a second year Ph. D. student.

Research interests:

How students learn
How to make teaching more effective and engaging

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Michael Garrett Syracuse University

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Michael Garrett is an incoming graduate student at Syracuse University. Throughout his undergraduate career he developed an interest in energy systems which encouraged him to pursue energy related research. During the summer of 2015, Michael began working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Combustion and Energy Research Laboratory (COMER) where he worked with tubular solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). His interests include combustion, and fuel cell technology applications.

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Jeongmin Ahn Syracuse University

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Prof. Jeongmin Ahn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University (SU). Prof. Ahn received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Prof. Ahn has extensive research experience in combustion, power generation, propulsion and thermal management. He performed an experimental investigation of catalytic and non-catalytic combustion in heat recirculating combustors, solid-oxide fuel cells, micro heat engines, thermoacoustic engines, and thermal transpiration based propulsion and power generation. He has worked on a DARPA project to develop an integrated microscale power generator based on a solid-oxide fuel cell employing hydrocarbon fuels. Currently, his research is conducted in the Combustion and Energy Research Laboratory (COMER) at SU.
Prof. Ahn has published over 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including Nature and other high impact journals) and a book, and made over 100 technical presentations (including over 20 invited seminars in Korea, Japan, China, Germany, and United States). He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and astronautics (AIAA) and served as a Board of the Combustion Institute. He is a recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, LCS Faculty Excellence Award, CEA Reid Miller Excellence Award and WSU MME Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also been named AIAA's Spotlight Member of the Month and awarded the WSU Faculty Excellence Recognition Program.

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On-line videos have become an innovative way to provide students with an additional learning tool to better understand course material to the point where students actively seek video content from external sources outside of the classroom. However, this can be problematic if the external video content focuses on different material and doesn’t align with students’ current course curriculum. Therefore, to provide students with a supplemental material that aims to provide brief examples and discussion to complement lecture material and homework, weekly micro-videos were created and uploaded for enrolled students in an introductory fluid dynamics course. On top of investigating the impact supplementary micro-videos have on student performance, addition statistical data that provided insight into student learning habits. These statistics included length of viewing, total student viewing attendance, and personal student feedback.

Two videos were uploaded each week to the course’s blackboard page. The first video discussed fundamental theory, providing students with a discussion of the week’s lesson. The second video provided a detailed example that complemented the discussion video and gave students additional support on their homework. The videos were created using Microsoft Office Mix, an add-on program to Microsoft Power Point which allows the user to record a presentation and also write in material using an appropriate touch screen. Since all enrolled students have access to Microsoft Office 365, the videos were uploaded to, where up loaders can observe viewer content statistics and content is limited to only enrolled students. Typically, videos were uploaded weekly to coincide with student homework assignments. Additionally, student’s feedback concerning the effectiveness of the videos was monitored using surveys dispersed monthly throughout the semester.

The additional statistics involving student viewing habits were very informative as to how students used this technology to learn course material. Students were also divided as to which video subject they preferred, with some students solely watching discussion videos, while some students chose to watch just example videos. The majority of viewing content also significantly increased during exam periods signifying that students used this material as an additional study aid. Lastly, monthly surveys indicated that there was general positive feedback concerning this video content and that it was helpful for some student to learn the course material.

Falkenstein-Smith, R. L., & Rossetti, J. S., & Garrett, M., & Ahn, J. (2016, June), Investigating the Influence of Micro-Videos used as a Supplementary Course Material Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25486

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