Application of active learning techniques to computer-based instruction of introductory thermodynamics

Edward E. Andersen, M. P. Sharma, Roman Taraban

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Considerable research on the use of active learning techniques has revealed that both the depth of knowledge learned by the students and their retention of this knowledge is improved when these techniques are used. Based upon these findings, the authors have initiated the development of computer-based- instruction modules for the introductory thermodynamics course that incorporate active learning exercises. Active learning techniques incorporated into introductory thermodynamics modules include interactive exercises, immediate feedback, graphical modeling, physical world simulation, and exploration. This paper presents and demonstrates some of the active learning exercises developed to date specifically for this project. Assessment methods to measure the effect of active learning in virtual learning environments that are under development are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4183-4191
Number of pages9
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 16 2002Jun 19 2002


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