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Student Response System Best Practices for Engineering as Implemented in Plickers

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Enhancing Teaching and Research

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New Engineering Educators

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Timothy Aaron Wood The Citadel Orcid 16x16

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Timothy A Wood is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. He acquired a Bachelor's in Engineering Physics Summa Cum Laude with Honors followed by Civil Engineering Master's and Doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. His technical research focuses on the intersection of soil-structure interaction and structural/geotechnical data. He encourages students pushing them toward self-directed learning through reading, and inspiring enthusiasm for the fields of structural and geotechnical engineering. Dr. Wood aims to recover the benefits of classical-model, literature-based learning in civil engineering education.

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Dan D. Nale P.E. The Citadel

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Dan D. Nale is Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. Dan received a BS in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and both a MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of South Carolina. Dan also earned a MBA from Mercer University. Dan worked in the aerospace industry for Grumman on the Space Shuttle before working for Gulfstream Aerospace for 35 years in Savannah, Georgia. At Gulfstream, Dan was responsible for Research and Development, Program Management, Engineering, Flight Operations and Flight Test. Dan Nale retired from Gulfstream in April of 2019 as the Senior VP of Programs, Engineering & Test. Dr. Nale has serve as an FAA Designated Engineer Representative for the FAA, is a professional engineering in the state of Georgia and holds a private pilot's license.

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Kweku Tekyi Brown P.E. The Citadel Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Kweku Brown is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. He received his Civil Engineering Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his Doctoral degree at Clemson University. He is active in the transportation engineering communities including the South Carolina Department of Transportation, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Transportation Research Board. His research focuses on transportation safety utilizing geographic and spatial analysis methods.

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SRSs facilitate engagement in contingent teaching, knowledge scaffolding, formative assessment, and collaborative learning strategies, but in ways that encourage student motivation, interaction, and engagement in learning. Plickers, an innovative Student Response System (SRS) consisting of student response cards and an instructor website and instructor app, combines the many of the features of pre-technological, clicker, bring-your-own-device, and gamification SRSs. This paper presents a brief history of SRSs and an evaluation of the benefits and challenges of SRSs from the literature. The literature provides a context for the description and discussion of how SRSs in general and Plickers' unique features in particular might augment a range of pedagogical frameworks and instructor practices. Perspective surveys illustrate student satisfaction with Plickers as a specific SRS.

Wood, T. A., & Nale, D. D., & Brown, K. T. (2021, July), Student Response System Best Practices for Engineering as Implemented in Plickers Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37758

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