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Relationship Between Voluntary Graded Homework Assignment Pickup on Exam and Course Performance

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference


Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Matthew Rhudy Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus Orcid 16x16

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Matthew Rhudy is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus. Previously he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lafayette College in Easton, PA for 2 years. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University in 2013, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008.

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Student performance depends not only on their intellectual ability, but also their habits and decision making. Homework assignments can directly affect student performance in a course, but also indirectly through preparation for exams. This is specifically prevalent for engineering courses which involve homework assignments as practice problem sets to prepare for examination questions. This work investigates the differences in grade performance between two student groups within an engineering dynamics course: those who voluntarily picked up a graded homework assignment prior to an exam, and those who did not. Results from this research effort indicate that on average students who picked up their assignment performed better on the assignment, the midterm exam, and the overall course grade, however statistical significance was only found for the final course grade.

Rhudy, M. (2017, October), Relationship Between Voluntary Graded Homework Assignment Pickup on Exam and Course Performance Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania.

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