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Using Pre-lesson Materials and Quizzes to Improve Student Readiness and Performance

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

First-year Programs Division Technical Session 4: The Best of the All: FPD Best Papers

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First-Year Programs

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

26.1677.1 - 26.1677.16

DOI

10.18260/p.25013

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https://peer.asee.org/25013

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88

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Mary A. Fraley Michigan Technological University

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Mary Fraley is a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University. Her research interests include online/blended learning methods, first-year engineering courses and program development.

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A. J. Hamlin Michigan Technological University

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AJ Hamlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University, where she teaches first-year engineering courses. Her research interests include engineering ethics, spatial visualization, and educational methods.
She is an active member in the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE and is currently serving as the Associate Editor of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal.

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Amber Kemppainen Michigan Technological University

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Ms. Kemppainen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. Her research interests include the improvement of STEM education, ethics, and online/blended learning methods.

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Gretchen L. Hein Michigan Technological University

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Gretchen Hein is a Senior Lecturer in Michigan Tech's Department of Engineering Fundamentals. Since 1998, she has been working on first-year engineering courses and program development. Additionally, she has been active in research pertaining to underrepresented groups and persistence in STEM fields.

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Abstract

Using Pre-Lesson Materials and Quizzes to Improve Student Readiness and PerformanceResearch has shown that students are preparing less for class using traditional forms (i.e.:reading textbooks) and, as a result, are not ready for class. Providing additional supportmaterials to be reviewed before class in a format preferred by first-year engineeringstudents may improve student readiness and performance. Therefore, in addition totraditional reading assignments, students complete pre-lesson activities such as videotutorials, online quizzes, or short “how to” exercises.In response to a student survey on current course preparation and desired formats,materials were developed in spring 2014 for course XXX. The pre-lesson activitiesfocused on videos and on-line quizzes for MATLAB. Results from the pilot suggestslightly positive improvements in readiness and performance. Therefore, pre-lessonactivities have been expanded to include additional topics.Video tutorials, online quizzes, and additional pre-lesson activities were developed forthe additional topics which included technical communication, spreadsheets, problemsolving, statistics, as well as the MATLAB lessons. The pre-lesson activities wereincorporated in course XXX in fall 2014. Prior to class, students completed the videotutorials in addition to the traditional readings prior to completing an online quiz or ashort pre-lesson assignment. At the end of the semester, these students completed asurvey similar to the pilot survey regarding what they did to prepare for lessons and whatadditional support materials they would like to have.This paper will focus on the impact of the pre-lesson activities, including short videotutorials and on-line quizzes, on student readiness and performance. The responses onthe student preparedness surveys for the two groups will be compared to see if thedeveloped materials improves student readiness. Additionally, student learning will beassessed by comparing performance on exam scores pertaining to topics for the fall 2013traditional reading group, the spring 2014 pilot group, and the fall 2014 experimentalgroup.

Fraley, M. A., & Hamlin, A. J., & Kemppainen, A., & Hein, G. L. (2015, June), Using Pre-lesson Materials and Quizzes to Improve Student Readiness and Performance Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25013

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