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Student and Instructor Perceptions of Online Engineering Education Videos

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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COED: Online and Blended Learning Part 2

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Computers in Education

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Luke S. Lee P.E. University of the Pacific

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Luke Lee is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of the Pacific, where he teaches courses in structural mechanics and structural design and conducts research in infrastructure renewal, structural health monitoring, and durability of composite materials.

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Hector Estrada University of the Pacific

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Hector Estrada is currently Professor of Civil Engineering at University of the Pacific; a position he has held since August 2006. Prior to joining Pacific, Professor Estrada was chair of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His teaching interests include structural engineering and mechanics, the design of timber and steel structures, structural dynamics, and earthquake engineering. Professor Estrada received his B.S. (with honors), M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, 1994, and 1997, respectively.

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Mehdi Khazaeli University of the Pacific

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With increasing technological development and wide accessibility of online video content, there has been a corresponding increase in the production and integration of online screencast tutorials in higher education courses. Screencast tutorials are being used to provide and to support instruction at all grade levels (K-12 and college) in online and blended learning environments; we specifically focus on engineering in our study.

The predominant use of online videos by engineering students has been to seek out specific course related tutorial videos to support their learning or to supplement content in traditional teaching courses. However, the characteristics of an effective screencast tutorial for teaching purposes are not well-defined (i.e., is it enough to work an example problem step-by-step in a 5 to 15-minute video or record an entire classroom session on a tablet PC?). In this paper, the survey results of engineering and student instructor perceptions of use and characteristics of online engineering video tutorials are presented. Based on survey results, students are most likely to utilize online video tutorials to complete homework assignments and prepare for exams. Students and instructors consider organization (as characterized by step-by-step, clear, concise) to be the most valued characteristic of quality engineering video tutorials. In addition, specific recommendations are provided, which individual instructors can implement to create effective engineering video tutorials.

Lee, L. S., & Estrada, H., & Khazaeli, M. (2018, June), Student and Instructor Perceptions of Online Engineering Education Videos Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30999

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