Pointless grading and digital content delivery as educational differentiators: A case study for noise and vibration courses

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Abstract

University professors need to be content delivery specialists to compete for students’ attention with lots of other content in the digital world. In addition, grading systems, although necessary for student evaluation, are a constant barrier between faculty and student interaction. This paper presents non-traditional ways to deliver content to students and evaluate students, in an effort to break down artificial barriers between faculty and students. The case study involves two courses at Michigan Technological University: Acoustics and Noise Control, and Shock and Vibration. Traffic light grading is discussed as a way to move away from point-based evaluation systems. Coupled with student-led exam debrief sessions, student investment in the new grading system has been high. Flipped classroom examples will also be discussed as a content delivery strategy, allowing more person-to-person interaction during classroom hours. This paper will share teaching strategies through examples of successes and failures of these strategies in teaching noise and vibration courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpecial Topics in Structural Dynamics and Experimental Techniques, Volume 5 - Proceedings of the 38th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2020
EditorsDavid S. Epp
PublisherSpringer
Pages301-303
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783030477080
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event38th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2020 - Houston, United States
Duration: Feb 10 2020Feb 13 2020

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652

Conference

Conference38th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston
Period2/10/202/13/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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