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Educational Research and Methods
This study explores the use of an adaptive learning module implemented in a sophomore level course for engineering technology and construction management students at a four year university. Often times, there is a conflict between an instructor’s teaching style and students’ learner styles in the engineering classroom due to the range of learner styles encountered in courses. Adaptive learning provides personalized learning pathways for students through the use of computers. The just-in-time feedback is an innovative feature of adaptive learning that helps to accomplish a unique student learning environment. While adaptive learning has been explored in other disciplines, there is limited literature in the engineering education context. The research goal of this study is to examine student learning and behavioral engagement when an adaptive learning module is introduced. In addition to the research goal of this study, the instructional goal of this work was to improve student concept comprehension and subject mastery of the learning objectives associated with the topic “Pumps” through the use of adaptive learning. Past performance on the associated assignment from previous semesters showed a need to improve the traditional instruction for this topic. The adaptive learning module was designed to further engage students in personalized instruction, and was used as a supplement to the instructor’s in-class lectures on the topic. The researchers gathered and analyzed 42 students’ data on learning, performance, and user pathways on the adaptive learning platform, Smart Sparrow. Preliminary results show 81 percent demonstrated mastery across all modules. In total, 65 percent interacted with at least one adaptive learning module due to assessment, and 24 percent had more than one interaction. Time spent with the adaptive content was much shorter than the original content interaction, suggesting many students were able to efficiently resolve uncertainty within the lesson. By implementing adaptive learning technology, students experience a tailored learning experience, specific to their learning path towards their mastery of the given topic. Expanded research in the engineering education context can lead to more closely aligning instructors’ teaching styles and students’ learning styles.
Barclay, N., & Westine, C. D., & Claris, A., & Martin, F. (2020, June), Use of Adaptive Learning in an Engineering Technology Course: A Case Study Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35441
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