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Student Perceptions of Online Homework Tools in Undergraduate Statics Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division Poster Session

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Civil Engineering

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23.1103.1 - 23.1103.13



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Ryan N. Fries P.E. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Dr. Ryan Fries is an assistant professor and the Graduate Program director for the Department of Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He earned his Ph.D. from Clemson University in South Carolina, where he is a licensed professional engineer.

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Brad Cross Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville


Mark P. Rossow Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Dr. Rossow is a graduate of the University of Michigan with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Illinois. He taught civil engineering for over 35 years, including six years at Washington University in St. Louis and 29 years at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he was the chair of the Civil Engineering Department for ten years. His areas of expertise are in civil engineering and mechanics. He has consulted for various organizations, including government agencies and an international offshore drilling company. He has published many journal articles and technical reports.

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Daniel M Woehl Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Daniel Woehl is currently enrolled as a master's of Civil/Structural Engineering student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He is currently working as a teaching and research assistant to expand his knowledge of civil engineering while teaching the next generation of engineers.

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Large section sizes often require faculty to employ electronic homework systems to evaluatestudent work. Faculty at ___________ University have developed and used such a system andfound students in an undergraduate statics class preferred submitting hard copies of textbookproblem sets instead. This study surveyed approximately 100 students in these classes during thesummer and fall of 2012 with the goal of identifying the underlying factors that influencestudents’ perceptions and preferences about homework format. The study used a surveyinstrument and initial results indicated that students preferred homework formats that 1) allowedmultiple attempts if they were incorrect at first, 2) provided detailed feedback about anymistakes, 3) allowed them to complete at their own pace and stop as needed, and 4) allowedthem to work collaboratively with classmates on homework problems. Students reported thatlack of convenient computer access and avoiding new things were not important factors in theirhomework format preference. The findings of this survey provide detailed guidance for facultyand instructional designers interested in improving electronic statics homework.

Fries, R. N., & Cross, B., & Rossow, M. P., & Woehl, D. M. (2013, June), Student Perceptions of Online Homework Tools in Undergraduate Statics Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22488

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