Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
In the literature of visual and tactile aids for STEM disciplines, there are numerous studies providing supporting evidence that such aids enhance students’ learning outcomes as well as possible rationale (e.g., such aids reduce the burden placed on short term memory for engineering problem solving).
In this paper, we investigate the impact of visual and tactile aids in the teaching and learning of multidisciplinary engineering when the multidisciplinary nature is brought about due to abstract mathematical concepts. Specifically, for the following two contexts, we study if and to what extent the visual and tactile aids help students to increase their learning outcomes.
In the first case, we note that the engineering disciplines of industrial engineering, engineering management, and systems engineering are replete with abstract concepts without physical representations that are inherently difficult to learn. In such cases, we show to what extent graphical representations of specific mathematical concepts help students to grasp such concepts.
In the second case, we note that the physical production process of Additive Manufacturing (AM) resembles the mathematical concept of stochastic integral calculus. In such cases, we show how the visual and tactile aids produced via AM will help the students learn the mathematical concept of stochastic integral calculus as well as how such calculus provides a way to characterize the variations in products manufactured via AM and to enhance the mathematical and statistical aspects of AM.
Finally, we will compare and contrast our research findings in these two cases, and summarize the insights and best practices for teaching and learning of abstract mathematical concept-based multidisciplinary engineering with visual and tactile aids.
Min, K. J., & Jackman, J., & Zhao, Z. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Visual and Tactile Aids in Multidisciplinary Engineering for Better Learning Outcomes Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31315
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