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Personal response system have been used in large classes which allows instructors to propose simple questions during a lecture and gain feedback on student understanding of the material. Electronic pooling of students is helpful in measuring the understanding of the fundamental concepts in challenging thermal science courses like thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Focused true/false and multiple choice questions have been used to assess student understanding of the fundamental concepts. Because the feedback is comprehensive and nearly instantaneous, it has been found that adaptive questions are a good method to focus instruction in the areas of students’ difficulties. An effective practice is to rephrase and repeat questions at the end of a lecture or the start of the next lecture. The technique of adaptive questioning has evolved and has been found to be effective at addressing common persistent misunderstandings. Examples of the sequence of questions used are described. Student feedback shows the use of frequent and persistent questions which focus on fundamental concepts are effective at improving student mastery of fundamental concepts.
Karimi, A., & Manteufel, R. D. (2017, June), Use of Adaptive Questions and Electronic Pooling to Promote Mastery of Fundamental Thermal Science Concepts Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29064
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