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Work in Progress: Project-Based Homework: An Ongoing Study on Engineering Analysis-Dynamics

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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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Mechanics & Mechanics Related

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Sudeshna Pal University of Central Florida

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Dr. Sudeshna Pal received her Ph.D. degree in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University in 2009. She is a Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she teaches courses in the areas of system dynamics, controls, and biomedical engineering. Her current research focus is engineering education and includes blended learning, project-based learning, digital education, and design education. She has published over 20 research and pedagogical journal and conference articles. She codirects the Biodesign Program in Rehabilitation Engineering at UCF. She received the 2020 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at UCF.

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Ricardo Zaurin P.E. University of Central Florida

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Dr. Zaurin is an Associate Lecturer for the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. His research is dedicated to High Impact Teaching and Learning Practices, Active Learning, Experiential Learning, Project-Based Homework, Adaptive Learning, e-portfolios, and Blended Instruction. In Fall 2013 he created IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Display for Engineering Analysis Statics) which is a project based learning activity experiential learning designed specifically for promoting creativity, team-work, and presentation skills for undergraduate sophomore and junior students, as well as by exposing the students to the fascinating world of scientific/technological research based engineering. IDEAS is becoming the cornerstone event for the sophomore engineering students at UCF: approximately 3000 students have created, designed, presented, and defended around 900 projects and papers.

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TITLE: Work in Progress: Project-Based Homework: an Ongoing Study on Engineering Analysis-Dynamics

Previous studies on engineering education have shown that teaching based solely on lecturing, does not adequately prepare today’s students to succeed in their majors and engineering careers. High-impact learning practices such as hands-on project-based homework (PBH) as previously implemented by one of the authors in a Statics course have demonstrated better results regarding student success. As a logical consequence, efforts were made to extend this practice to the next course in the curriculum: Engineering Analysis-Dynamics. This ongoing study presents some very promising results of incorporating collaborative active learning hands-on project-based homework (PBH) as a strategy for improving the students’ success in a large sophomore engineering class: Engineering Analysis Dynamics. Several hands-on project-based collaborative learning assignments on selected topics such as curvilinear motion, equations of motion, energy and momentum conservation, were prepared to improve the students’ comprehension of these topics. The PBH assignments complemented the regular homework assignments and were offered as extra-credit assignments to persuade students in completing these assignments. Students were asked to demonstrate the tested concepts through physical models, experimentation, and analysis and calculations. For each PBH assignment, the students were required to submit a formal project report and a brief video clip explaining their set-up and results. The impact of PBH on the student’s success is summarized and presented in this paper.

Pal, S., & Zaurin, R. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Project-Based Homework: An Ongoing Study on Engineering Analysis-Dynamics Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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