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The Effectiveness Of Online Learning Objects In Helping Students Master Required Course Competencies In Mechanical Engineering

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Conference

2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

What's New in Dynamics?

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

11.1281.1 - 11.1281.8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--364

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https://peer.asee.org/364

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Edward Perry University of Memphis

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Edward H. Perry - is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Memphis, where he has served on the faculty since 1970. He received his university's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1977 and again in 2000. He also received the Herff College of Engineering's Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999. He is currently Co-Editor of the MERLOT Engineering Editorial Board and Co-Editor of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. He received his B.S. (1966), M.S. (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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Jeffrey Marchetta University of Memphis

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JEFFREY G. MARCHETTA — joined the faculty of The University of Memphis in 2002. As a member of the AIAA, he received the Abe Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2000. His research interests include the modeling of flows with free surfaces, verification and validation of computational simulations, magnetic fluid management in reduced gravity, and particle image velocimetry. Dr. Marchetta received a B.S.M.E. degree (1997), an M.S.M.E. (1999), and a Ph.D. from The University of Memphis (2002).

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The Effectiveness of Online Learning Objects in Helping Students Master Required Course Competencies in Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

A study was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of using online learning objects to help students master the skills needed to satisfy required course competencies in two basic undergraduate mechanical engineering courses. Each course in the department has a defined set of required competencies that each student must satisfy in order to receive a passing grade in the course. Multiple opportunities are provided for satisfying each course competency during the semester, including the final examination.

Two introductory mechanical engineering courses, dynamics and fluid mechanics, were selected for this study. After introducing the concept underlying the given competency in class, students were assigned a homework set that required the use of an online learning object related to the competency. Mastery of the competency was tested using a pop quiz during the next class meeting and multiple-choice problems on the final examination.

The performance of students who had used the online learning object was compared to that of students in another semester who had covered the same material and had been assigned similar homework in the traditional manner of chalkboard and written assignments. Differences in the performances of the two groups will be discussed along with a learning style assessment conducted for the students in both classes.

Introduction

Several years ago our department established a set of 4-5 “competencies” for each required course in the mechanical engineering curriculum1-2. In order to pass the course, each student must successfully demonstrate that he/she has mastered each of the competencies. Various ways are used to test the competency skill, but most often "pop quizzes" are used. Students typically must get the answer to the short-answer pop quiz problem completely correct in order to satisfy the particular competency. Multiple opportunities are provided for satisfying each course competency during the semester, including the final examination.

A study was undertaken in two undergraduate mechanical engineering courses to determine if the use of online learning objects, such as those in the MERLOT collection3-4, would help students master the required course competencies. The performance of students who had used the online learning object was compared to that of students in another semester who had covered the

Perry, E., & Marchetta, J. (2006, June), The Effectiveness Of Online Learning Objects In Helping Students Master Required Course Competencies In Mechanical Engineering Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--364

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