Experience using active learning to flip a required writing-intensive process control and instrumentation course

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Abstract

Active learning and narrated PowerPoint videos have been used over the past three years to teach a required writing-intensive engineering course on process control and instrumentation. Twenty eight class activities were used, collected and graded to assess each self-organized groups' understanding. Eighty-one narrated PowerPoint videos were produced to present lecture material, lab materials and writing instruction. Material for each lecture or lab was presented with one to five videos approximately two to 19 minutes long. Students were not required to access the videos and in 2014 the number of videos accessed by each student ranged from six to 78. Many videos were accessed multiple times by multiple students. Videos were accessed before class and after class. No relation between grade earned and number of videos accessed was obseived. Initial feedback to the videos and class activities collected through anonymous online surveys was very positive. Most students were either very satisfied or satisfied with both the videos and the class activities. However, over the past two years one and two students out of 25 and 34, respectively, expressed unhappiness with the videos in an anonymous suivey early in the course. From the course instructor's perspective the class activities were a great way to engage students in the class content and were superior to passively listening to a lecture. Students working together teach each other. Self-produced videos can be updated as needed as course content is revised. Development of the videos and the class activities initially takes more time and effort than traditional preparation for lecture presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages620-633
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781510810501
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2015Jul 29 2015

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015
Volume1

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2015
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period7/26/157/29/15

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Flipped course
  • Instrumentation
  • Process control
  • Teaching
  • Videos

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