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Online Finite Element Tutorials as Active Learning Tools The purpose of active learning is to solicit participation by students beyond thepassive mode of classroom lectures. Reading, writing, participating in discussions, andengaging in active problem solving can all be involved. The skills acquired during activelearning tend to go above and beyond basic comprehension of the lesson. In fact, thegoal of active learning is to not only enable student comprehension, but also to assiststudents in cultivating valuable aptitudes for synthesizing, analyzing, and evaluatingideas. These aptitudes capture a significantly larger portion of the Bloom’s taxonomythen would be available in a “lecture focused” classroom structure. One model for active learning comes to us in the form of tutorials, or activelearning modules, aimed at improving student learning in historically difficult subjectareas in engineering through the use of finite element analysis. The tutorial set developedhere includes learning modules for various subject areas in Mechanical, Electrical, andBiomedical Engineering courses. The aim of this study is to determine if tutorials of this type are in fact effectiveactive learning tools. In each participating course, after a student completes theirtraditional lecture series, they are introduced to a computer-based tutorial. In order toperform a baseline study, students are administered content quizzes before and after thetutorial. These quiz results are statistically analyzed to determine if comprehension isimproved due to the tutorials. With a novel equitability correlation assessment method,we are able to judge if these tutorials afford all students with an equitable active learningprocess experience. The innovative approach is to integrate learning styles andpersonality types for this equitability assessment. The active learning modules prove tobe an exciting step towards improving comprehension of the challenging engineeringcontent in an active learning environment.
Jensen, D. D., & Wood, K. L., & Rencis, J. J., & Brown, A. O., & White, C. K. (2011, June), Online Finite Element Tutorials as Active Learning Tools Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18855
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