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Online Homework Assignments: Instructor’s Perspective and Students' Responses

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Teaching Methods in Mechancial Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

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Claire Y. Yan University of British Columbia, Okanagan

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Dr. Claire Y. Yan is a senior instructor in the School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Okanaga. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China and Ph.D. degree from University of Strathclyde, UK. Prior to joining UBC in 2008, she worked as a research scientist at Ryerson University on various projects in the area of CFD and heat and mass transfer. Dr. Yan has taught a variety of courses including fluid mechanics, fluid machines, mechanics of materials, calculus, and kinematics and dynamic. She has also developed undergraduate fluids laboratories and supervised many capstone projects. Her interest in SoTL is evidence-based teaching strategies, student engagement, faculty development, and teaching and learning communities. Dr. Yan is a registered P.Eng. with APEGBC and has served as reviewer for various international journals.

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Assignment is widely used as an important instructional tool across disciplines. With the development of technologies, creating and doing assignments online become possible. In practice, online assignments are often used to address problems with conventional paper assignments for large classes, such as delayed feedback. From the instructor’s point view, online assignments have a potential to provide students instant feedback and multiple practice opportunities for self-directed study. However, how do students feel about the online assignments? Are there any issues with online assignments? A survey was conducted among a class of sophomore engineering students who did online assignments for a semester. This paper discusses students’ responses to the switch from paper to online assignments, and the underlying practical and pedagogical aspects of online assignment in student learning.

Yan, C. Y. (2016, June), Online Homework Assignments: Instructor’s Perspective and Students' Responses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25830

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