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Using Augmented Reality to Eliminate Common Misconceptions for Students in Core Mechanical Engineering Courses

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 8

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Mechanical Engineering

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Anahita Ayasoufi Auburn University

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Anahita Ayasoufi is a lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Auburn University. She is the winner of William F. Walker Teaching Award for Excellence, Merit and Outstanding Faculty Member Award (student choice). She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, an M.S. in Aerospace engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Science from the University of Toledo. Her research interests are in engineering education and flow simulations with application in turbulent flow, mixing flows, and solid-liquid phase change.

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Rick Williams Auburn University

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Rick Williams is a Lecturer and Director of the Nuclear Power Generation Systems minor at Auburn University. His research interests include engineering education and additive manufacturing.

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Golbou Makki

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An Augmented Reality tool was designed to address common mistakes and misconceptions that usually stem from poor three-dimensional visualization in students in core Mechanical Engineering courses. The AR aid is designed in the form of visual tips that students can see and interact with when looking at the printed exercise thought their phone and AR app. The paper also provides the instructions to create these AR tools as well as sample problems that the readers can interact and experiment with. The effectiveness of the approach was verified through comparison of final exam questions on the topic of combined loading in Mechanics of Materials over four semesters with a control class. Significant improvement was observed in elimination of the typical mistakes that stem from visualization. Furthermore, the tool was very easy to initiate with students and generated student enthusiasm and favorable feedback.

Ayasoufi, A., & Williams, R., & Makki, G. (2019, June), Using Augmented Reality to Eliminate Common Misconceptions for Students in Core Mechanical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33495

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