Interactive dynamics: effects of student-centered activities on learning

Patricia M. Yaeger, Rose M. Marra, Francesco Costanzo, Gary L. Gray

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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During the spring and fall 1998 semesters, a traditional lecture and problem-solving based course in introductory dynamics was redesigned to include student-centered, web-based, team learning activities. The enhanced 'Interactive Dynamics' course was created to engage students in a collaborative environment in which students have easy access to an array of technology. Classroom activities and out-of-class assignments model real-world problems. Preliminary analysis of the assessment data indicates that students' performance on a test of dynamics content knowledge in innovative sections was similar to that of students in traditional sections. However, students in the more active classroom environments reported statistically significant gains in teamwork and computer skills, thus meeting the ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 goal of encouraging innovative practices in the classroom that enhance learning and develop skills needed in the workplace. This paper describes: 1) recent educational initiatives, 2) the Interactive Dynamics course, 3) assessment results to date, 4) the learning outcomes affected when these types of active learning strategies are employed in the engineering classroom, and 5) how assessments are being used to improve the course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
Pages11a2-13 - 11a2-18
ISBN (Print)0780356438
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Event29th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: 'Designing the Future of Science and Engineering Education' - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: Nov 10 1999Nov 13 1999

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
ISSN (Print)0190-5848


Other29th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: 'Designing the Future of Science and Engineering Education'
CitySan Juan, Puerto Rico

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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