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Using Pen-Based Tablet PC Technology to Improve Instruction in Engineering Economics

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Engineering Economy Education

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Engineering Economy

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22.1628.1 - 22.1628.10



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Bruce V. Mutter Bluefield State College

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Bruce V. Mutter is the founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Research & Technology, Inc. (CART) and teaches project management and engineering economics at Bluefield State College as an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Technology.

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Using Pen-Based Tablet PC Technology to Improve Instruction in Engineering EconomicsA Center for Applied Research and Technology, (CART), Inc. worked with the School ofEngineering Technology and Computer Science (SET) at a small College to implement a moreactive learning environment for teaching a junior-level engineering economics course (ENGR315). Using a pen-based Tablet PC coupled with the CART CMS, a Moodle®-based coursemanagement service and interactive software, our instructional approach was modified to convertthe traditional lecture-based ENGR 315 course to a more student-centered live learningenvironment.This method is now being planned for introductory mathematics and advanced computer sciencecourses. Results show that the use of pen-based Tablet PC coupled with live capture of thelecture posted on the CART CMS have resulted in better student retention and improvedattention during the course. There is evidence of improved student performance and facultyevaluations.Using the Tablet PC instead of whiteboards, overheads, and blackboards allowed the ENGR 315instructor to: (1) face students naturally and continually while solving equations; (2) producecash flow diagrams more accurately and efficiently; (3) eliminate interruptions and distractionscaused by physical transitions between whiteboard and projector screen; (4) quickly introducecolor during live presentations that further improve understanding of concepts and classroomdiscussions; (5) facilitate student note taking through CART CMS posts that improveorganization and elaboration; (6) accommodate student review for tests and quizzes; (7) providestudents with a ready-made, savable, printable, portfolio useful for Fundamentals of Engineering(FE) review and exam preparation, and (8) work more high-quality problem examples due tothese increased course delivery efficiencies.

Mutter, B. V. (2011, June), Using Pen-Based Tablet PC Technology to Improve Instruction in Engineering Economics Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18595

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