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Work in Progress: Using Videos for Improvement in Knowledge of Prerequisite Material

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 6

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Mechanical Engineering

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Hope L. Weiss California State University, Fullerton

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Dr. Hope L. Weiss is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Fullerton. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Weiss' research focuses in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and chaos and engineering education. Her current research includes biomedical acoustics, active aerodynamic control systems, disease dynamics, and improving pre-requisite knowledge retention.

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This work in progress paper outlines a project aimed at increasing the mastery of prerequisite material in mechanical engineering (ME) courses. One reason for the failure in an engineering course is a weak foundation of the students' prerequisite knowledge. Although students have completed the prerequisite courses, they may not have mastered or cannot recall the necessary subject matter. Even though most instructors spend at least a week of the semester on review of prerequisite material, students often times do not spend an adequate amount of time outside of class reviewing the material. This lack of perquisite knowledge leads them to start learning new material on a weak foundation. As the semester progresses and the material builds, these students are more likely to fall further behind, which can place them in jeopardy of failing the class.

This project seeks to improve students' recall and mastery of prerequisite knowledge and ultimately decrease failure rates, by creating an accessible library of short videos on various ME prerequisite topics. The review videos are currently being implemented in 3 ME courses (1 required undergraduate course, 1 undergraduate technical elective, and 1 graduate level course) in Spring 2019. Preliminary results, including view counts and view duration, from the first week of the semester are presented. Students’ learning will be assessed through direct and indirect assessment at the end of the semester in May 2019. Additionally, the futures phases of the project are outlined.

Weiss, H. L. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Using Videos for Improvement in Knowledge of Prerequisite Material Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33662

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