Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Michael Dorneich

Abstract

This paper researches the impact of the team-based learning (TBL) pedagogy and video lecture viewing strategies on an introductory engineering course. Teaching an introductory engineering course is a complex task because the students vary greatly in ability and experience. As the demand for engineers grows, emphases are placed on introductory engineering courses to effectively and efficiently educate the student in order to prepare them for their future engineering coursework and career. TBL, especially with the use of video lectures, has shown promise as an educational tool for a broad variety of students, but more research is needed. This paper describes three studies that provide more insight into whether the TBL pedagogy with video lectures is sufficient to provide the flexibility, performance, and preferential environment needed for introductory engineering classes.

The first study compares two semesters of the TBL pedagogy to two semesters of the traditional pedagogy in a first-year Industrial Engineering course. This comparison demonstrated that students perform slightly better in the TBL pedagogy, students have a strong preference for the TBL classroom, and TBL provides a more engaging and interactive environment. The second study surveyed both first-year engineering students and the general university student population to understand the lecture video viewing habits of students. The study showed that approximately 45% of the students sampled accelerate video lectures to 1.25X or 1.5X normal speed and another 45% of students watch them at normal speed. Less than 10% of the students accelerate videos faster than 1.5X normal speed. The third study investigated the trade-off between video acceleration and video comprehension and how practice watching accelerated videos impacts that trade-off. The results show that video acceleration up to 2X normal speed may be warranted if full comprehension of the video is not required and time is a priority. Together, these three studies show that the TBL classroom has the ability to provide a more efficient and effective learning environment that students prefer.

Copyright Owner

Benjamin Paul Jacobson

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

127 pages

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