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“Making learning whole” with the use of pre-recorded videos for basic engineering courses

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Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference



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April 9, 2021

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April 9, 2021

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April 10, 2021

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Farrah Fayyaz Concordia University

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Dr Farrah Fayyaz is a Lecturer in the Center for Engineering in Society in Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She got her PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. She has taught Electrical Engineering related courses for almost twenty years now. Her area of research is investigating undergraduate Electrical Engineering students' conceptual understanding in courses related to the fields of “Signals and Systems” and “Electronics”. Additionally, she is currently working on engineering curriculum development to identify ways to incorporate professional skills development within engineering courses.

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This research is mainly an effort to improve teaching and learning of basic engineering courses to take care of the learning needs of of the students. Main courses targeted for the discussion in this paper are two undergraduate electrical engineering courses namely Circuit Analysis and Signals and Systems. Most of the students in these courses are new to the University style teaching and in addition in both these courses the course content is lengthy and complicated. This presents numerous challenges for teachers as well as students to conceptually learn the course content. The author started using pre-recorded videos for these courses before pandemic and continued using these videos during pandemic. There have been some positive reviews from students regarding the use of the videos that remained same before and during pandemic. The aim of this article is to describe the thought process of the researcher while making the videos and using them in classes and to present student’s responses to these videos. The author strongly believes that an activity like this seems to be working in better learning and teaching of these courses. The author will use David Perkin’s framework of “making learning whole” to present the case. The paper concludes with how this approach can be used to enhance learning (of technical concepts or professional skills) in many other engineering courses.

Fayyaz, F. (2021, April), “Making learning whole” with the use of pre-recorded videos for basic engineering courses Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual . 10.18260/1-2--36277

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