Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
As entry level mechanics class sizes in engineering programs continue to grow, some classes range to over 400 students per class, many faculty are turning to online homework based systems (Pearson’s Mastering, Wiley Plus and/or McGraw Hill’s Connect). These systems provide content, grading and assessment of student work, and feedback to the students while solving problems. One of the things that is missing from all of these tools is an assessment of the student’s communication of their thought process as they progress through a problem. Most problems in these systems provide step-by-step guidance where students are asked to “fill-in-the-blanks” with their answers. They do not allow for independent thought for the students to analyze and solve a problem in a manner that might make sense to themselves. In addition, they do not allow for analysis of that thought process by the faculty. Finally, there is no assessment of technical communication though drawings and presentation of solution.
There is still debate as to if these homework systems are the best mode of education for our students. This paper illustrates the overwhelming want from, and benefits to, students for handwritten homework. Teaching students how to solve a problem and present their work allows students to perform better of exams, and instills a formal/orderly documentation process that may be used in future technical communication. Maybe there is a middle ground?
Davis, J. L., & McDonald, T. (2018, June), Students – Ask Them to Eat Their Vegetables! Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31022
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