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The Use of Polleverywhere in Engineering Technology Classes to Student Stimulate Critical Thinking and MotivationCritical thinking is one of the most important aspects of the learning process at the college level.One aspect of critical thinking that seems to be challenging for undergraduate students enrolledin engineering technology courses is the ability to first analyze and synthesize conceptualknowledge and then apply it to practical situations. This ability is a critical component ofsuccessful completion of job responsibilities for future engineers. In this study we will examinethe effectiveness of a web-based polling system (i.e. Polleverywhere) in promoting acquisitionand generalization of new knowledge. We consider these two stages of learning to be essentialin the analysis of critical thinking, specifically to the ability of applying learned knowledge tonew or practical situations. Our study will also evaluate the effectiveness of the above-mentionedweb-based system in promoting students’ motivation. Besides traditional interaction in class(students asking questions and answering verbally to the instructor’s questions) students will beengaged in class participation through the use of Polleverywhere software. A polling systemincreases the likelihood that all students in the class will answer questions related to the topicpresented. In addition, after polling students can compare and discuss their answers across theentire group. The web-based polling system will serve both as a main educational tool and as adata collection tool to gather and analyze student engagement and progress in the class. Inaddition, we will administer a survey towards the end of the class and the data from this surveywill be used in the analysis. The evaluation in this study will be bases on a circuit course inelectrical engineering technology and a fluid mechanics course in mechanical engineeringtechnology. The study concludes with a discussion of the correlation between the student criticalthinking and motivation.
Popescu, O., & Chezan, L. C., & Jovanovic, V. M., & Ayala, O. M. (2015, June), The Use of Poll Everywhere in Engineering Technology Classes to Stimulate Student Critical Thinking and Motivation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24915
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