M-MODEL: Design and implementation of an on-line homework system for engineering mechanics

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Abstract

Students solve problems by developing mental models of the problem. Although these models are many and diverse, a common one used in engineering mechanics education consists of identifying the known and unknown variables, construction of a graphical problem representation, and developing a mathematical model derived from the preceding steps. This is also the case for courses in physics, mechanics, science and electrical circuits. M-MODEL is a computer-based implementation of this approach to problem-solving. It utilizes the visual graphic, variables identification and listing, and mathematical equation mental models as a construct for students to developing STEM problem solving skills. This paper describes how students use M-MODEL to solve problems and its coaching tools. This paper discusses the design objectives, intelligent tutor, and features of M-MODEL as applied to an engineering mechanics course. It also discusses how M-MODEL may be used to encourage students to develop mental model approaches to problem solving. An assessment of M-MODEL is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Education and Smart e-Learning
EditorsRobert J. Howlett, Vladimir L. Uskov, Lakhmi C. Jain
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages151-162
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319198743
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event2nd International KES Conference on Smart Education and Smart e-Learning, SEEL 2015 - Sorrento, Italy
Duration: Jun 17 2015Jun 19 2015

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Volume41
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026

Conference

Conference2nd International KES Conference on Smart Education and Smart e-Learning, SEEL 2015
CountryItaly
CitySorrento
Period06/17/1506/19/15

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Engineering mechanics
  • M-MODEL
  • Problem solving

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