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iPads in the Engineering Classroom – Boon or Bane?

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Computing in the classroom

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

23.833.1 - 23.833.18

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https://peer.asee.org/19847

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22

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Ryan R. Goyings Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department at The United States Military Academy

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Major Ryan Goyings is currently an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Program at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He graduated from West Point in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University in 2011 He has taught courses in aeronautics and thermal-fluid systems. He is a rated pilot in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

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James Ledlie Klosky United States Military Academy, West Point

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J. Ledlie Klosky, P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point, where he also serves as the Deputy Director of the Center for Innovation and Engineering. Led is the 2010 winner of the National Outstanding Teaching Medal from the society, and, in addition to traditional engineering pursuits such as infrastructure modeling, he works in communication in education, course design, and the interface between engineering and other disciplines.

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Bobby G Crawford U.S. Military Academy

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Colonel Grant Crawford is currently the Director of the Mechanical Engineering Program at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He graduated from West Point in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas in 2004. He has taught courses in aeronautics, thermal-fluid systems, heat transfer, computer-aided design, and aerospace and mechanical engineering design. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a rated pilot in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

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Abstract

iPads in the Engineering Classroom – Boon or Bane?ABSTRACTAs iPads and similar touch-screen devices continue to flood the market, engineering programsare seeking to integrate these platforms into student education. With total market penetration of55 million iPads sold to date and nearly half a billion smart phones (all brands) shipped in 2011alone (Strategy Analytics, 2012), the transition to highly-mobile touch screen computing is uponus. Engaging the current technology-hungry college student is thus promising, possible andnecessary; but with over 100,000 applications available for the iPad alone, critical questionsremain. What applications, tools and methods truly enhance the learning environment and whateducational benefit, if any, do the students receive through the use of these devices?This paper reports the results of a study focused on the college classroom application of theApple iPad and the effects on student outcomes. Data considered includes a 3-year longitudinalstudy of student technology adoption preferences and attitudes that took place during academicyears 2010-2012. It also includes focus group results and a one-semester in-depth look atadoption in a junior-level thermo-fluids course, including evolution of student attitudes andstudent accomplishment. The authors consider the effect of iPad adoption in the collegeclassroom, including student outcomes and attitudes, with the goal of assessing whether thetechnology enhances the learning environment. Commentary on adoption challenges, instructorefficiency and observations on best practices are also included.

Goyings, R. R., & Klosky, J. L., & Crawford, B. G. (2013, June), iPads in the Engineering Classroom – Boon or Bane? Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19847

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