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The Effect Of Regular Class Surveys In Mechanical Engineering Education On Teaching Quality Improvement And Students’ Evaluations

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Conference

2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Student Learning and Assessment

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

14.1207.1 - 14.1207.10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--5176

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https://peer.asee.org/5176

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Benxin Wu Illinois Institute of Technology

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Dr. Benxin Wu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He joined IIT in August 2007 after he completed his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University.

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The Effect of Regular Class Survey in Mechanical Engineering Education on Teaching Quality Improvement and Students’ Evaluation

Abstract

The author of this paper has been teaching classes in mechanical engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including MMAE 546 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (graduate level), and MMAE 201 Mechanics of Solids (undergraduate level). In these classes, the author organizes regular (typically monthly) class survey to get feedback from students in order to monitor the teaching equality and improve the teaching approaches. This paper will describe how the regular class survey is organized, and also share some useful findings about the effect of the regular class survey on student evaluation and teaching quality improvement.

Introduction

Since the author joined the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) at University A in Fall 2007, he has been teaching classes in mechanical engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including MMAE 546 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (graduate level) for Fall 2007 and Fall 2008, and MMAE 201 Mechanics of Solids (undergraduate level) for Spring 2008. MMAE 546 typical has an enrollment of around 20 to 25 students, while MMAE 201 has an enrollment of nearly 50 students.

During the first semester of his teaching at University A, the author does not organize regular class survey to get feedbacks from the students. Only one official on-line survey is organized by the university at the end of the semester, and it turns out the students feel that the author’s teaching method has many problems, which the author has not realized until after the end of the class when he sees the survey results. The evaluation of the students on the author’s teaching quality is shown in Fig. 1, and the average score (with 5 being the full grade) is only 3.54, much lower than the department’s average, which is 4.25.

Wu, B. (2009, June), The Effect Of Regular Class Surveys In Mechanical Engineering Education On Teaching Quality Improvement And Students’ Evaluations Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5176

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