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The Dynamics Concept Inventory (DCI) – The Past, Present, and Future

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Concept Inventories in Mechanics

Tagged Division

Mechanics

Page Count

11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35304

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https://peer.asee.org/35304

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106

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Phillip Cornwell Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Phillip Cornwell currently teaches at the United States Air Force Academy and is an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1989 and his present interests include structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, and undergraduate engineering education. Dr. Cornwell has received an SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1992, and the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher award at Rose-Hulman in 2000 and the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustee’s Outstanding Scholar Award in 2001. He was one of the developers of the Rose-Hulman Sophomore Engineering Curriculum, the Dynamics Concept Inventory, and he is a co-author of Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics, by Beer, Johnston, Cornwell, and Self. In 2019 Dr. Cornwell received the Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award from the Mechanics Division of ASEE.

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Brian P. Self California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Brian Self obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. He worked in the Air Force Research Laboratories before teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy for seven years. Brian has taught in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 2006. During the 2011-2012 academic year he participated in a professor exchange, teaching at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. His engineering education interests include collaborating on the Dynamics Concept Inventory, developing model-eliciting activities in mechanical engineering courses, inquiry-based learning in mechanics, and design projects to help promote adapted physical activities. Other professional interests include aviation physiology and biomechanics.

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Abstract

The Dynamics Concept Inventory (DCI) was developed over 15 years ago as a tool for instructors teaching Dynamics to assess their students’ gains in conceptual understanding of the material. Since its initial release, there have been hundreds of downloads of the instrument, and the initial papers presenting the instrument have been referenced over 100 times. In this paper, we will 1) present a brief history of the development of the DCI, 2) evaluate the ways it has been used since its release with the hope of encouraging more engineering faculty members to use it, 3) summarize results from those who have used it, and 4) present plans for future development and distribution.

Cornwell, P., & Self, B. P. (2020, June), The Dynamics Concept Inventory (DCI) – The Past, Present, and Future Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35304

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