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The impact of different modes of instruction and its impact on students' performance during Covid-19 in an AutoCAD Design Course

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

Conference Session

ERM: Lessons Learned from COVID (COVID Part 2)

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Sarah Rajkumari Jayasekaran University of Florida

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Dr. Sarah Jayasekaran (Dr. Jay) is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and her M.S. in structural engineering from the University Of Florida

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Saira Anwar Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Saira Anwar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, USA. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science with a software engineering concentration from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan. Dr. Anwar also holds an M.Sc in Computer Science from Punjab University College of Information Technology, Pakistan. Dr. Anwar is passionate about research and teaching, specifically translating research into evidence-based teaching practices. For her research, she is particularly interested in designing interventions that help develop students' understanding of conceptually hard concepts in STEM courses. She was awarded the 2020 outstanding researcher award by the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University. Also, she is the recipient of Apprentice Faculty Grant Award, 2022 by ERM division, ASEE. Dr. Anwar has over 13 years of teaching experience, including the University of Florida (Department of Engineering Education), Forman Christian College University (Department of Computer Science), and many other higher education institutes in Pakistan. She taught engineering education, computer science, and software engineering courses. She believes in implementing engaging, motivating, and interactive learning experiences through curricular innovation. She was awarded outstanding teacher awards in 2013 and 2006 by her then employers. Also, she was the recipient of the "President of Pakistan Merit and Talent Scholarship" for her undergraduate studies.

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In this Work in progress (WIP) study, we discuss the impact of the comprehensive shift in the modes of instruction since the onset of Covid-19. The need for variant modes required the instructors to be creative and flexible in their teaching methods. The designers of the engineering courses had to be creative to retain student attention and add flexibility based on changing needs. This research study was a timely need as it identifies the impact of various modes of instruction, i.e., emergency remote instruction (ERI), online instruction, and HyFlex (Hybrid+flexible) through a technical design course. The evaluation of varying methods of instruction and their impact on learning and student performance is a timely necessity. This study statistically analyzes the implication of the changes in instruction modalities, which happened to make imparting education a possibility. In this paper, we have studied the relationship between student performances and the modes of instruction. For this purpose, data has been collected throughout different semesters from 236 students in an AutoCAD design course. For this year-long study, we have used regression analysis to understand the impact of the different modes of instruction on students' performances. We also conducted ANOVA to compare the mean difference in students' performance during different modalities. The results indicate that students in emergency remote instruction (ERI) outperform students in online instruction and HyFlex (Hybrid+flexible) modality. Keywords: WIP, Modality, AutoCAD, HyFlex

Jayasekaran, S. R., & Anwar, S. (2022, August), The impact of different modes of instruction and its impact on students' performance during Covid-19 in an AutoCAD Design Course Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--41040

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