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Using Electronic Flashcards for Student Self-Evaluation of Readiness for Exams

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Incorporating Technology into Construction Education

Tagged Division

Construction

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

23.1313.1 - 23.1313.8

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https://peer.asee.org/22698

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54

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Kirsten A Davis Boise State University

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Kirsten A. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Davis earned a B.Arch. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her educational research interests are focused on improving construction management education.

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Abstract

Using Electronic Flashcards for Student Self-Evaluation of Readiness for ExamsAbstractIntroductory level courses in many Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)disciplines require students to acquire an enormous new discipline-specific vocabulary inpreparation for future courses. Students are often not prepared for the amount of self-directedstudying they must do to be successful in these types of courses, particularly in their first year ofcollege.To assist students in more accurately gauging their readiness for an exam, electronic flashcardswere implemented in a freshman level Construction Management (CM) materials and methodscourse, using university provided mobile devices. The flashcards give students a learning aidthat they can use to practice their new language with no grade-related consequences. Theelectronic flashcards provide students an opportunity to self-assess their current level ofknowledge, as well as identify where their knowledge may be incorrect or lacking altogether.Construction of accurate self-knowledge is a skill many new college students need assistance todevelop and use of the flashcards can help them improve their skills.This paper presents preliminary results of the research effort and illustrates the effects of theelectronic flashcards. Specifically, this paper evaluates (1) whether the flashcards help studentsto better prepare for medium and high stakes exams; and (2) whether the flashcards increase themean exam scores compared to previous semesters with no flashcards. This paper also presentsstudent reactions to the mobile devices.

Davis, K. A. (2013, June), Using Electronic Flashcards for Student Self-Evaluation of Readiness for Exams Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22698

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