Implementing and assessing computer-based active learning materials in introductory thermodynamics

Edward Anderson, Roman Taraban, M. P. Sharma

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Students learn and retain more as they become increasingly engaged with instructional materials. We describe active-learning teaching methods that we used to develop computer-based instruction modules for introductory thermodynamics. These methods, which can be generalized to other topics in engineering, include the use of interactive exercises, immediate feedback, graphical modeling, physical world simulation, and exploration. Ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of these materials has been carried out in parallel with development, in part, to assure that students have access to the required technology and sufficient time outside of class to use the materials. The assessment data include behavioral and cognitive variables that were used to examine the usability and impact of the computer modules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1168-1176
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
StatePublished - 2005


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