Work in Progress: Inquiry-based lessons for introduction to engineering instruction

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This Work in Progress describes efforts to introduce Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) instruction to an introduction to engineering course. Inquiry-based approaches uses inductive teaching strategies. The class is Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science for Mechanical Engineers. It is a required class for incoming freshman students that is held in the fall semester. The motivation behind this Work in Progress is to address the problem that even though education research has proven inductive learning promotes deeper and longer retention of information; most university engineering classes are still primarily lecture based. Therefore, students are oblivious to the benefits of the methods and thus are resistant to the learning approaches. The method employed to aid this problem was developing a series of worksheets that use IBL strategies to introduce introductory engineering material. Preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of this approach was conducted by comparing summative exams and real-time feedback of student thoughts using a daily in-class reflection. Preliminary analysis of the exam comparison and student reflections is promising. From reflections, the majority of the students filled out the statement sections of the reflection sheet. Fewer students filled out the question portion, indicating that they comprehended the IBL lessons. Initial exam comparisons indicated that the IBL approaches support increased student learning of the conceptual aspects of technical concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1698
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 22 2020
Event2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, ASEE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 22 2020Jun 26 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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