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Engineering Faculty member, Tom Impelluso talks about his 1st iteration.

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  • Thomas J. Impelluso Mechanical Engineering ME203: Computer Programming Applications COURSE RE - RE - RE -DESIGN
  • ME203 Status as of Fall, 2006:
    • Programming for Mechanical Engineers: loops, logic, arrays, files, functions
    • The class had been: “programming without purpose.” (Specific Mechanics Algorithms were not presented.)
  • ME203 Status as of Fall, 2006:
    • Class met in a lab and enrollment was limited by the thirty workstations.
    • Three instructors were needed each semester.
  • Changes deployed as of Fall ’08 – mid-way through re-design
    • Cognitive Load to introduce mechanics
    • Use of Blackboard for organization
    • Use of Wimba for delivery
    • Especially, the Desktop Sharing .
    Special attention
  • Desktop Sharing Engineering School Server Student at home Instructor at home Wimba Unlimited Students
  • Enrollment
    • No need to hire three instructors.
    • No need to support 30 workstations
  • Final Exam Grade Comparison 88.25 70.00 Female students 82.33 61.25 Hispanic students 76.28 53.25 All students Fall 2008 Fall 2006 Type of Student
  • Failing to Finish 0% 50% Female students 16% 50% Hispanic students 13% 25.9% All students Fall 2008 Fall 2006 Type of Student
  • Instructor Review
    • Fall, 2006 2.48 3.14
    • Fall, 2008 3.396 4.40
    Spill over: Graduate classes average now about 4.5 to 5.0
  • Theories
    • No ‘herd’ mentality.
    • Review in privacy of home.
    • Cognitive Load Theory
    • Scaffolding
    • Minerva’s Machine
    • Articulation
    • Stacking Fear
  • That completes the design. BUT WE WANT MORE
  • Re -design: 1/3
    • Captivating the entire class
    • Purpose: enables instructor to focus attention on the students in need .
    • (and now students are volunteering to turn the captivates into CD’s for ‘on-demand-learning)
  • Re - re -design: 2/3
    • Adaptive Releas: In order to download the first five home-works, the students must first pass a short quiz about the syllabus.
    • Purpose: enables student motivation
  • Re - re - re -design: 3/3
    • Peer Review: Will it replace the need for graders?
    • Purpose: enables learning communities.
  • Personal Experience
    • Brace yourself and do half.
    • Prepare time to do the second half while teaching the first half because you see patterns emerge.
    • I think unbalanced focus on research results in course mis-articulation.
  • Redesign
    • ME310: Machines and Mechanisms
    • Articulation Matters
    • ME499: Simulation Science
    • Was ME205; will become SDSU-grid
    • IEE: Informal Engineering Education
    • DaVinci/SDSU Island (With S.A.)
    Super-duper
  • Beam bending Angular Velocity Kinematics Truss Analysis Centripetal Clutch Aerodynamics Dynamics: Runge-Kutta Newton-Raphson Bessel Functions
  • Sincere and warm thank you to Suzanne Aurilio, and to Jon Rizzo, too.