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2016

Purdue University

Freeform Publications

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Work In Progress: Rigorously Assessing The Anecdotal Evidence Of Increased Student Persistence In An Active, Blended, And Collaborative Mechanical Engineering Environment, Jennifer Deboer, Nick Stites, Edward J. Berger, Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Charles Morton Krousgrill, David B. Nelson, Craig Zywicki, David A. Evenhouse Jun 2016

Work In Progress: Rigorously Assessing The Anecdotal Evidence Of Increased Student Persistence In An Active, Blended, And Collaborative Mechanical Engineering Environment, Jennifer Deboer, Nick Stites, Edward J. Berger, Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Charles Morton Krousgrill, David B. Nelson, Craig Zywicki, David A. Evenhouse

Freeform Publications

This work in progress describes an ongoing study of an active, blended, and collaborative (ABC) course environment used in a core mechanical engineering course. This course has built on the growing body of literature citing active learning (Freeman et al., 2014), blended structures (Bowen & Ithaka, 2012), and collaborative engagement (Jeong & Chi, 2007) as positive influences on college and university science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outcomes. For the last six years, “Dynamics”, a core mechanical engineering course at a large public university, has utilized in-class activities, frequently-watched problem-solving videos, and a collaborative blog space to realize an ABC environment.

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Analyzing An Abbreviated Dynamics Concept Inventory And Its Role As An Instrument For Assessing Emergent Learning Pedagogies, Nick Stites, David A. Evenhouse, Mariana Tafur, Charles Morton Krousgrill, Craig Zywicki, Angelika N. Zissimopoulos, David B. Nelson, Jennifer Deboer, Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Edward J. Berger Jan 2016

Analyzing An Abbreviated Dynamics Concept Inventory And Its Role As An Instrument For Assessing Emergent Learning Pedagogies, Nick Stites, David A. Evenhouse, Mariana Tafur, Charles Morton Krousgrill, Craig Zywicki, Angelika N. Zissimopoulos, David B. Nelson, Jennifer Deboer, Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Edward J. Berger

Freeform Publications

The Dynamics Concept Inventory (DCI) is a validated assessment tool commonly used to evaluate student growth within core, gateway-level mechanics courses. This research explored the evaluative use of this tool within the context of Freeform – an emergent course system that buttresses active class meetings with blended and collaborative virtual learning environments, themselves founded upon extensive multimedia content and interactive forums – at Purdue University. The paper specifically considers a number of related issues including: (i) the thoughtful development (via expert content validation) and statistical reliability of an abbreviated DCI instrument, which is more amenable to in-class implementation than the much longer ...