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Work in Progress: Assessment of Automation Labs to Facilitate Continuous Improvement

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Assessment in Laboratory and Project-based Courses: Experimentation and Laboratory-oriented Studies Division

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Bradley Lane Kicklighter University of Southern Indiana Orcid 16x16

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Brad holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1989) and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University (2001).

His past work experience includes eleven years at Delphi (formerly Delco Electronics) as an Advanced Project Engineer, eleven years at Whirlpool Corporation as a Lead Engineer/Solution Architect, and three years at Ivy Tech Community College as an Instructor/Program Chair of Pre-Engineering. Since 2015, he has been employed at the University of Southern Indiana as an Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology.

He holds three patents, has served as an IEEE section officer since 2004, and has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana since 2005.

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With the implementation of new equipment and laboratory activities in an automation course, it is desired to assess the effectiveness of the equipment and labs so that improvements may be made. This paper covers the assessment methods used and the results to date.

New Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) trainers have been introduced in SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Systems Design. The labs for this course have either been modified or new ones created to work with the new equipment. To objectively assess the effectiveness of the equipment and laboratory activities, pre- and post-lab surveys are administered to the students. Students are surveyed about their understanding of the various objectives of the labs. The survey results, along with direct assessment data in the form of lab scores, are used to identify areas of improvement for the equipment and the labs.

Kicklighter, B. L. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Assessment of Automation Labs to Facilitate Continuous Improvement Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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