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Work in Progress: Analysis of Mobile Technology Impact on STEM-Based Courses, Specifically Introductions to Engineering in the Era of the iPad

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Computers in Education Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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22.1699.1 - 22.1699.10



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Oscar Antonio Perez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Oscar Perez received his B.S. and Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso with a special focus on data communications. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr Perez has been teaching the Basic Engineering (BE) – BE 1301 course for more than five years. Lead the design for the development of the new BE course (now UNIV 1301) for engineering at UTEP: Engineering, Science and University Colleges. Developed more than five new courses, including UTEP technology & society core curriculum classes specifically for incoming freshman with a STEM background. Mr. Perez has six years of professional experience working as an Electrical and Computer Engineer providing technical support to faculty and students utilizing Undergraduate learning center (UGLC) classrooms and auditoriums. Mr. Perez is committed to the highest level of service to provide an exceptional experience to all of the UGLC Instructors and students. Mr. Perez enjoys working on the professional development of the students’ employees at the UGLC. He shares with his student employees his practical experience in using electrical engineering concepts and computer technologies to help in everyday real-world applications. Mr. Perez has worked with the UTeach program at UTEP since its creation to streamline the transition process for engineering students from local area high schools to college by equipping their teachers with teaching strategies and technologies each summer. Oscar enjoys teamwork, believes in education as a process for achieving life-long learning rather than as a purely academic pursuit. He currently works on maintaining, upgrading and designing new computer classroom systems. Mr. Perez is inspired because he enjoys working with people and technology in the same environment.

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Virgilio Gonzalez University of Texas, El Paso Orcid 16x16

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Undergraduate Program director in the University of Texas, El Paso, ECE department.

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Michael Thomas Pitcher University of Texas, El Paso


Peter Golding University of Texas, El Paso

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Peter Golding is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Engineering Education Research at The University of Texas, El Paso. Contact:

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Work in progress: ANALYSIS OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IMPACT ON STEM BASED COURSES; SPECIFICALLY INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING IN THE ERA OF THE IPADAbstractThe Authors report on a pilot investigation to measure the impact on students’ academicperformance utilizing new technology (iPad) on a subset of course objectives within anIntroduction to Engineering course - UNIV 1301. This paper inherently focuses on studentperceived value and learning impact (comprehension of learning outcomes). An iPad wasprovided to students along with focused activities to gauge differences in comprehension oflearning outcomes. Student perceived value of using an iPad for a class was also measured, as ithas not been done on an environment with these demographics and in the science, technology,and engineering and mathematics fields.The effect of an iPad in the classroom was focused on two areas: academic impact and studentperceived value. Student perceived value was measured via a student attitude survey (Likertscale) prior to and after technology was implemented by an independent testing entity Results ofthis survey will not be released until after the course has ended. The assessment forcomprehension area will focus on two cohorts of students and it will follow the methodologydescribed herein: both cohorts of students were taught the same way up to the first semesterexam to limit and account for the variance of the classes grades. Starting on week seven iPadswere provided for the second cohort of students. The usage of the iPad in class assignments wasfocused on maximizing the impact of student learning on the following class areas: Classassignments, homework, quizzes and exams. Variances between the cohorts will be assessed onthe second and third exams. At this point in time the results of this analysis are limited to aninitial attitude assessment currently.This proposed work will yield data in a field that has not been explored yet on specificdemographics. This is a work in progress and we expect to have the first comprehension oflearning outcomes assessment on the first week of November 2010. The complete analysis on thecomprehension and student perceived value should be done no later the first week of January2011.

Perez, O. A., & Gonzalez, V., & Pitcher, M. T., & Golding, P. (2011, June), Work in Progress: Analysis of Mobile Technology Impact on STEM-Based Courses, Specifically Introductions to Engineering in the Era of the iPad Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18421

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