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Mastery Based Learning in Automatic Controls Class

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Potpourri - A Mix of All Topics

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Mechanical Engineering

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Pavan Karra Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Pavan Karra is Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University where he teaches in the field of Dynamics and Controls. He can be reached at

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In Automatic Control course at XXX University, traditional homework still formed majority of learning experience. In Fall 2020, homework has been split into two components, the first(Category 1) dealing with the first three levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, and the second(Category 2) dealing with the upper three levels. Category 1 homework has been administered electronically and as Mastery-based, while Category 2 remained traditional. A concept inventory developed is used to assess Category 1 level outcomes. Results are compared between Fall 2019 and 2020. Results indicate statistically insignificant differences due to small class size, but educationally significant results. An anomaly in incoming student quality, as measured by performance in pre-requisite course, complicated analysis. Further work will be conducted to study long-term effects of such implementation.

Karra, P. (2021, July), Mastery Based Learning in Automatic Controls Class Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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