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Reflection and Evaluation Data from e-Learning Modules on Learning Styles and Motivation

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.1324.1 - 26.1324.12



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Michele Miller Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Michele Miller is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She teaches classes on manufacturing and does research in engineering education with particular interest in hands-on ability, lifelong learning, and project-based learning.

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Parijata Prabhakara Michigan Technological University

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Graduate student in Mechanical Engineering Peace Corps Masters International Program at Michigan Technological University; currently serving as a water, sanitation, and hygiene volunteer in Molinopampa, Amazonas, Perú.

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Sheryl A. Sorby Ohio State University

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E-Learning Modules to Promote Lifelong Learning SkillsEngineering graduates of today must be prepared for a lifetime of learning and adaptation. Thus,one of the goals of engineering education is to create independent, lifelong learners. This projectis developing e-learning modules in support of that goal. The modules are designed to teachundergraduate engineering students about metacognition and motivation as well as strategies toimprove learning. Both modules begin with an instrument (learning style inventory ormotivation questionnaire), then a tutorial that gives students a first hand experience of theinfluence of learning style or motivation, then questions of understanding, then a tutorial aboutlearning style or motivation strategies, and finishing with reflection questions and an evaluationof the module. The learning style module creates the “first hand experience” by asking studentsto learn material that is presented in different learning styles. The motivation modulemanipulates task value and control beliefs in its presentation of new material to learn.The first versions of the modules were tested in two mechanical engineering classes by hundredsof students. The modules collect student responses to both closed response and open responsequestions. We have previously reported on the closed response data; this paper will summarizeanalysis of the open response data.Based on student feedback, improvements were made and second versions of both modules havenow been introduced and tested. The learning styles module has adopted a different learningstyles instrument (Felder-Silverman). Both modules have new content to address studentcomments about the modules being “boring.” This paper will present an analysis of the closedresponse results for the initial round of testing of the updated modules.

Miller, M., & Prabhakara, P., & Sorby, S. A. (2015, June), Reflection and Evaluation Data from e-Learning Modules on Learning Styles and Motivation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24661

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