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ERIC Number: EJ1078386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
A Qualitative Evaluation of the Use of Multimedia Case Studies in an Introductory Engineering Course at Two Southeastern Universities
Huett, Kim C.; Kawulich, Barbara
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v16 n3 p34-39 Aug-Sep 2015
Collaborating at two universities to improve teaching and learning in undergraduate engineering, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, instructors, and evaluators planned and implemented the use of multimedia case studies with students enrolled in an introductory engineering course. This qualitative action evaluation study focuses on results from two semesters of implementation. Employing an action evaluation approach, researchers collected qualitative data from students through open-ended surveys and focus groups to determine the effectiveness of the instructional methods and guide continuous course improvements. The 4P model provided a theoretical framework for the evaluation questions. The questions focused on students' perceptions of the value and nature of learning with multimedia case studies and perceptions of the course overall. Focus group data were analyzed using a thematic analysis approach, and frequency counts were conducted to analyze the open-ended survey data. Recommendations and discussion related to design considerations for use of multimedia case studies in introductory engineering courses are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0934800; 0934760