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Students’ Concerns and What They Look Forward to: A Comparison of COVID-19 Versus Pre-COVID-19

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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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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First-Year Programs: Student Perceptions and Perspectives

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First-Year Programs

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17

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Nora Honken University of Cincinnati

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Nora is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Education Department at The University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development for the University of Louisville, a MS in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. She also has extensive industrial experience.

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Angela Boronyak University of Cincinnati

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Dr. Angela Boronyak joined the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and is an Assistant Professor-Educator in Biomedical Engineering and the Undergraduate Program Director in Biomedical Engineering. Before joining the University of Cincinnati, she was an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Syracuse University for two years. She teaches a variety of biomedical engineering courses from the first year to the fifth year in the curriculum, including CAD, electric circuits, and sensing and measurement. Her educational research interests include the use of teaching technologies and student engagement in learning. Her Ph.D. and Masters in Biomedical Engineering were granted from Vanderbilt University where she completed a certificate in college teaching. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia.

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James Edward Roethler Spalding University

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My name is James Edward Roethler. I am a Doctoral Student at Spalding University, specializing in forensic and adult psychology. I am also a 2LT in the United States Army, and plan to be a career psychologist with the military.

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Aimee M. Frame University of Cincinnati

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Aimee Frame is an Associate Professor-Educator and current Undergraduate Program Director for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. She received her MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, USA. Aimee has spent the last ten years developing and teaching undergraduate coursework for the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department at UC.

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Cedrick Kwuimy University of Cincinnati Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-2949-3000

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Dr. Kwuimy is currently Assistant Professor - Educator in the Department of Engineering Education - CEAS at the University of Cincinnati. His has a background in the area of applied nonlinear dynamics and applied physics. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Kwuimy was Research Fellow at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa and then worked for over 4 years on ONR funded research projects focus on the development nonlinear dynamics approaches for the detection of faults in bearing and gear systems at the Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems (VCADS) in PA. He graduated from the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon and then completed a Certificate in Teaching Engineering in Higher Education at Villanova University.

Dr. Kwuimy is interested in vibration analysis and in the use of nonlinear dynamics tools to improve the early detection of fault in complex nonlinear systems. In the latest, his focus is on engineering systems (gear systems, bearings) and biological systems (vibration in human-arm, human diseases). In vibration analysis, his focus is on the conversion of mechanical vibration into electrical energy (energy harvesting). A key interest of Dr. Kwuimy is the development of active tools/methods to foster and enhance the learning experience for undergraduate students and, scale down cutting edge research challenges into undergraduate topics discussions.

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Students’ Concerns and What They Look Forward to: A Comparison COVID-19 versus Pre COVID-19

This survey-based study investigated what engineering students were looking forward to and concerned about when entering college and whether differences existed between the cohort of students who started college during the COVID-19 pandemic and those who started college before the pandemic. The study also investigated students’ beliefs on their ability to develop social networks and learn course material while taking courses delivered in different formats. Results showed the students in the 2020 cohort were less likely to experience what they were looking forward to in college and more likely to experience what they were concerned about when compared to students who started college before fall of 2020. Less than 50% of the students surveyed felt they could grow their social network while taking a classes online asynchronously. Around half of the students thought they could learn course content in an asynchronous online class and about 64% thought they could learn in a synchronous online course.

Honken, N., & Boronyak, A., & Roethler, J. E., & Frame, A. M., & Kwuimy, C. (2021, July), Students’ Concerns and What They Look Forward to: A Comparison of COVID-19 Versus Pre-COVID-19 Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37771

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