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Using GEARSET to Promote Student Awareness of Learning Objectives

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Computers in Education General Technical Session I

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Computers in Education

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22.1620.1 - 22.1620.9



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David R. Bowman Clemson University

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David R. Bowman is a Lecturer in the General Engineering Program at Clemson University. His educational background includes a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University.

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Elizabeth A. Stephan Clemson University

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Using GEARSET to Promote Student Awareness of Learning ObjectivesIn fall 2009, several new grade reporting modules were added to GEO (General EngineeringOnline), a web based class management tool developed at _______ University for use with largeenrollment freshman engineering courses. The dynamic grade report module provided a liverecord of attendance and course grades for students and instructors, capabilities for extensivefeedback on assignments from instructors to students, and performance predictions to givestudents perspective on the grades necessary to earn a particular final grade in the course. Theimplementation of this module led to significant improvements on student evaluation of allinstructors using GEO, specifically on questions regarding student satisfaction with beinginformed of their progress throughout the course. These observations lead to our desire toimplement new modules in GEO to further improve student satisfaction and engagement inacademic material.Some of the most troubling comments on our instructor evaluations are related to students’perception of a disconnect between the learning activities and the learning objectives. One of themany purposes of writing learning objectives is to establish expectations of content andperformance between students and instructors. To address this, we developed a new modulecalled GEARSET (General Engineering Assessment Record Self Evaluation Tool) that intends tobridge the gap between learning activities and the course learning objectives. Functionally,GEARSET allows students to track their own progress of the required and recommendedelements of study for a course. In addition, GEARSET displays daily, unit and overall courselearning objectives in an interface that allows the student to self-evaluate their understanding by“checking off” their progress. For the instructor, GEARSET allows tracking of assignmentcompletion and self-evaluation of learning objectives. This paper intends to give an overview ofGEARSET, discuss the integration within first year engineering courses, address how it can beused by students as a tool for self-evaluation, and how use of GEARSET by instructors providesgreater insight into student progress.

Bowman, D. R., & Stephan, E. A. (2011, June), Using GEARSET to Promote Student Awareness of Learning Objectives Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18431

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